On this day in agriculture history | Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Here are a handful of notable events that shaped agriculture on April 6 over the years.

3 years ago

As part of his third “Back to our Roots” tour, then Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and his wife toured Keenland Race Track in Lexington, Kentucky.

Perdue also visited Sorghum Farm and Mill in Jeffersonville, Kentucky, and met with owner Danny Townsend to discuss opportunities and challenges for veterans in agriculture.

Perdue talks to a veteran and small business owner in Kentucky
Photo credit: USDA

“Our ‘Back to our Roots’ RV tour is an opportunity to get out of Washington, D.C., to hear directly from the American people in the agriculture community,” Perdue said.

17 years ago

Map of drought conditions on April 6, 2004
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Many western Corn Belt states were struggling with drought 17 years ago. The April 6, 2004, drought monitor reported extreme drought across western parts of Nebraska and Kansas. Severe drought was present in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

39 years ago

Very cold weather on the heels of a snowstorm the previous day brought the temperature down to -9°F. in Manchester, Iowa, which is the coldest reading ever recorded in the state in the month of April. Several other subzero temperature readings were reported around the state including lows of -4°F. at Waterloo, -2°F. at Fayette and Indianola, and -1°F. at Boone, Cresco, and Independence.

84 years ago

Award-winning country music singer and songwriter Merle Haggard was born in Oildale, California, on this date in 1937. He was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. He died on his birthday in 2016 at the age of 79.

93 years ago

Molecular biologist and geneticist James Watson was born on April 6, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. Along with Francis Crick, he discovered the structure of DNA.

104 years ago

President Woodrow Wilson’s request of Congress to declare war on Germany was granted and the U.S. formally entered World War I. The war took several million young men away from their family farms and changed the economy dramatically.

180 years ago

John Tyler was sworn in as the 10th president of the United States 180 years ago, on April 6, 1841. His presidency began suddenly after William Harrison died one month into office. His four years in office were contentious, though he is credited with settling Canadian border disputes with Britain and beginning the annexation of Texas.

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