By John W. McCauley
One hundred and fifty years ago, in the midst of a great Civil War, it was a Kentuckian, President Abraham Lincoln, born in a log cabin at Sinking Springs Farm in present day LaRue County, that signed legislation to establish a Department of Agriculture in order to “acquire and to diffuse among the people of the United States useful information on subjects connected with agriculture … and to procure, propagate, and distribute among the people new and valuable seeds and plants.
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