Seven past U.S. secretaries of agriculture to share the stage at Oct. 21
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|Kansas State University's
next Landon Lecture on Monday, Oct. 21, at McCain Auditorium will
seven of the nation's past U.S secretaries of agriculture: Mike
Johanns, Ann Veneman, Dan Glickman, Mike Espy, Clayton Yeutter, John Block
and Ed Schafer (not pictured). (Photo: K-State Communications and
Kansas State University's next Landon Lecture will include seven of the nation's
chief leaders in the agriculture industry.
The event will take place from
7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at McCain Auditorium and will be presented in a
Q-and-A format. The past U.S secretaries of agriculture will be Mike Johanns,
Ann Veneman, Dan Glickman, Mike Espy, Clayton Yeutter, John Block and Ed
"The Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues has a long tradition
of highlighting leaders in agriculture, but to have seven of the nation's
agriculture leaders on the same stage is nothing short of monumental," said
Jackie Hartman, the university's chief of staff and director of community
relations. "In addition, this forum is very fitting given the university's
celebration of the sesquicentennial and our land-grant mission."
served as secretary from 2005 to 2008. Days after he took office, he began
working with U.S. trading partners to reopen their markets to U.S. beef. Nearly
119 countries had closed their markets after a single finding of a cow infected
with BSE, commonly called mad cow disease. Within his first year, Johanns
convinced nearly half of them to reopen their markets.
Veneman served as
secretary from 2001 to 2005. She was actively involved in the Uruguay Round of
General Agreements of Tariffs and Trade negotiations, the North American Free
Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement.
as secretary from 1995 to 2001. For 18 years he served in the U.S. House of
Representatives for Kansas' 4th Congressional District. He contributed to the
farm bills of 1977, 1981, 1985 and 1990.
Espy served as secretary from
1993 to 1994. He was first elected to Congress in 1986 and served on the
Agriculture and Budget committees. Within these committees, he served on several
subcommittees, including the Natural Resources and Community Development
subcommittees, the Lower Mississippi Delta Caucus and the Select Committee on
Hunger's Domestic Task Force.
Yeutter served as secretary from 1989 to
1991. He held numerous positions, including president of the Chicago Mercantile
Exchange until 1985 when President Ronald Reagan appointed him U.S. trade
representative. Yeutter later served as chairman of the Republican National
Block served as secretary from 1981 to 1986. Previously he was
Illinois secretary of agriculture. After leaving the USDA, Block became the
president of the National-American Wholesale Grocers' Association, based in
Schafer served as secretary during the last year of the
George W. Bush administration, from 2008 to 2009. He is a former two-term
governor of North Dakota.
For more than 40 years, K-State's Alfred M.
Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues has brought prestigious speakers to
campus. Alfred Landon served two consecutive terms as Kansas governor and was
the 1936 Republican Party nominee for president of the United States.