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United States Secretary of Agriculture

Robert Selmer Bergland, former United States Secretary of Agriculture. Recipient Gold Letter award University Minnesota, Sears Roebuck scholar, 1946-1948. Secretary Roseau County Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota, 1951-1952, chairman, 1953-1954; board regents University Minnesota, 1994; Member Sons of Norway, National Farmers Organization, Minnesota Farmers Union, Masons, Lions, Eagles.

Background

Bergland, Robert Selmer was born on July 22, 1928 in Roseau, Minnesota, United States. Son of Selmer Bennett and Mabel (Evans) Bergland.

Education

Sears Roebuck scholar, University Minnesota, 1948.

Career

Field representative Minnesota Farmers Union, 1948-1950. Farmer, since 1950; official Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service United States Department of Agriculture, 1963—1968, secretary, 1977—1981. Member United States Congress from 7th District Minnesota, 1971—1977.

Chairman Farmland World Trade, 1981—1982. Vice president, general manager National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, 1982—1993.

Achievements

  • Sons of Norway; National Farmers Organization; Minnesota Farmers Union; Masons; Lions; Eagles.

Membership

Secretary Roseau County Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota, 1951-1952, chairman, 1953-1954. Board regents University Minnesota, 1994. Member Sons of Norway, National Farmers Organization, Minnesota Farmers Union, Masons, Lions, Eagles.

Connections

Married Helen Elaine Grahn, June 24, 1950. Children: Dianne, Linda, Stevan, Jon (deceased), Allan, Bill, Franklyn.

father:
Selmer Bennett Bergland

mother:
Mabel (Evans) Bergland

spouse:
Helen Elaine Grahn

child:
Dianne Bergland

child:
Linda Bergland

child:
Stevan Bergland

child:
Jon Bergland (deceased)

child:
Allan Bergland

child:
Bill Bergland

child:
Franklyn Bergland