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On this day in agriculture history | Sunday, March 28, 2021

What has happened in agriculture on March 28 over the years? Here are a few snapshots from history.

4 years ago

Distinguished 4-H students from around the country and Canada came to the USDA to present ideas on how to increase the number of young farmers during a roundtable with Farm Service Agency leadership.

10 years ago

A dedication ceremony was held for the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) building in Westport, Missouri. Pictured are Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Congressman William Clay cutting the ribbon.

Vilsack cutting a yellow ribbon in Missouri
Photo credit: USDA

15 years ago

Severe drought spanned southern Iowa and northern Illinois March 28, 2006, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Many other top corn growing states were suffering abnormally dry conditions, or worse.

March 28, 2006 drought monitor map
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

66 years ago

Today is country music singer Reba McEntire’s birthday. Originally from Oklahoma, she learned to sing with her family on drives home from her father’s rodeos. Her break came in 1974 after she was hired to perform the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City and was noticed by country artist Red Steagall.

77 years ago

Mercy Martinez harvests carrots in the field in El Centro, Imperial County, California, in this National Archives and Records Administration photo.

A woman picks carrots in a California field
Photo credit: USDA

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