William S. Cohen Papers | Senate Legislative
Materials on Agriculture
MS 126.96.36.199 Agriculture 1979-1996 17 boxes
The files in this subseries chronicle some of the issues and
concerns involving Maine agricultural industries, which include the
potato, blueberry, dairy, poultry, and cranberry industries. As
Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate
Governmental Affairs Committee, Cohen conducted several
investigations into agricultural issues important in Maine. During
the 1980s, he initiated a meat and poultry inspection program and
conducted an investigation into U.S. government trading policies in
response to the subsidized Canadian potatoes which flooded the Maine
market. Records related to agricultural issues can also be found in
the Commerce, Trade, Government, and Environment subseries.
This group has two subdivisions, which reflect the work of the staff
members who created them: a) Robert Umphrey and Robert Porter,
1979-1987, and b) Eben Adams and John Veroneau, 1989-1996.
Access to some of the records in the Agriculture series is
restricted. See information at the subseries level. Consult the
Special Collections Department for further information.
MS 188.8.131.52.1 Robert Umphrey and Robert Porter 1979-1987 9 boxes
Robert Umphrey worked with Cohen from 1979-1984 on agricultural,
forestry, trade, and fisheries issues. These issues were turned over
to Robert Porter in 1984, who handled them until 1989. Porter was
also a staff member on the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government
Management for the Governmental Affairs Committee from 1986-1987.
Files are arranged alphabetically, and they touch on problems in the
potato industry, such as potato blight and the effects of the
introduction of low-priced Canadian potatoes into the eastern U.S.
market in the mid-1980s. A few files refer to the poultry industry,
which declined rapidly in the mid-1980s due to high labor and feed
grain-shipping costs. Cohen's efforts on behalf of the blueberry
industry in Maine are also documented here. Due to a surplus in the
Maine wild blueberry crop in 1983-1984, he initiated a pilot program
that incorporated blueberries into the Federal school lunch program.
Files on the dairy industry are also in this group, and they deal
with the development of the dairy price support system and the
decline of dairy farming in Maine.
Records include briefing memos, applications for economic assistance
from Maine businesses to Federal agencies, studies and reports,
"Dear Colleague" letters seeking Cohen's support on legislation,
Maine Congressional Delegation correspondence, newsletters from the
National Milk Producers Federation, and reports from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
Agribusiness-European Economic Community Restrictions.
Agriculture appropriation, Fiscal year 1985, 1986, 2 folders.
Agriculture clips, 1984.
Agriculture coop services (USDA) closing, 1983.
Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), 1983.
Agricultural export, 1982-1984.
Agricultural Fast Track Amendment, 1984.
Agricultural Weather Program, 1979-1981.
Agway, Inc., 1981-1983.
Aroostook County Trip, July 1984.
Aroostook County Trip, October-November 1984.
Aroostook flood, 1981.
Blueberries, general info., background, 1984.
Blueberries, news clips, 1985.
Blueberries, pesticides, 1980-1982.
Blueberry surplus, acknowledgments, August 1984.
Canadian briefings, potato dump case.
Canadian briefings, potatoes, 1981-1983, 2 folders.
Colby Cooperative Starch Company, assistance applications, 1984.
Colby Cooperative Starch Company, production, inventory, profit and
Commodity futures: background info, November 1980.
Council of Farmer Cooperatives, April-June 1983.
Dairy export, international trade, 1981.
Dairy in Maine, 1985-1986.
Dairy legislation and general info, 1983.
Dairy, news and articles, 1984, 2 folders.
Diary price supports and general info, March 1981-June 1982, 2
Eastport, port development, 1979.
Economic Development Administration, 1983-1984.
Eggs, poultry: imports, 1983.
EnerGroup, Inc., 1981.
Enterprise zones, 1981.
Export trading companies, 1980-1981.
Export trading companies, 1982.
Family farms, 1979-1980.
Farm Bill, export, 1981.
Farm credit system reform, 1985.
Federal crop insurance, background, May-November 1982.
Fertilizer Institute, 1984-1985.
Food inspection, 1985-1987.
Food inspection, prior legislation, 1987.
Food inspection, memos and letters, 1987.
Food inspection, news articles and reports, 1987.
Food inspection, reports and hearings, 1987.
Food inspection, research and reports, 1987.
Food Safety Audit, 1986.
Fungicide: Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
Industrial Outlook, 1985.
International Trade Commission, 1982.
Johnson Products, Fuel Alcohol Production from Potato Processing,
L and S Sales, Inc., financial statement, September 1984.
L and S Sales, Inc., general info, 1984.
L and S Sales, Inc., performance, 1985-1987, 3 folders.
Laurel Plastics, c. 1980.
Maine grain terminal, 1982.
Maine Guarantee Authority, Umbrella Bond Program, 1981.
Market value appraisal: Potato processing plant, Caribou, Maine,
McCurdy Herring Petition, 1981.
Mearl Corporation, 1981.
Meat and poultry inspection reports, 1981-1986.
Meat inspection program, 1987.
Milliken Medical Center, Katahdin Valley Health Center, 1978-1981, 2
New England Council, 1982.
Organic farming, 1983-1984.
Paul, Dr. Allen B., 1979.
Pesticides: Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
Potato Blossom Festival, 1984.
Potato diversion, 1980.
Potato Dump Case, 1982.
Potato futures study, 1979, 4 folders.
Potato futures, background, New York Mercantile Exchange, 1979-1980.
Potato futures, general info, 1979-1980, 3 folders.
Potato futures, trading in Maine, 1979-1980, 2 folders.
Potoato, government procurement, 1983.
Potato import problems, pre-1981.
Potato market order, background, 1980.
Potato research, pre-1981.
Potato research and information, 1982-1983.
Potato Service, Inc., 1982.
Potato trade, 1981-1982.
Potatoes, 1982, 2 folders.
Potatoes, Canada, general, 1982.
Potatoes, current issues, foreign import, 1984.
Potatoes, general info, pre-1979, 2 folders.
Potatoes: Maine Potato Council, 1982-1983, 2 folders.
Potatoes: Maine Seed Potato Board, 1980.
Potatoes: New York Mercantile Exchange, 1980.
Potatoes, newsclips, 1984.
Potatoes, newsclips, 1985.
Potatoes: seed potato import legislation, 1980.
Potatoes: seed potato imports, 97th Congress, 1980-1982.
Poultry, egg, avian flu, 1983.
Poulty embargo, 1980.
Poultry export, 1981.
Poultry industry in Maine, 1979-1982.
Poultry processing, 1985.
Press release, emergency loans for farmers, 1984.
Rural Electrification Administration revolving fund, S. 1300,
St. John's irrigation funding, 1984, 2 folders.
Small Business Administration, 1981.
Smoked herring, 1982.
Soil conservation: American Soil Conservation Service, 1982.
Soil conservation: issues, 1984.
South Paris Utilities District, 1979, 2 folders.
Southern and Central Maine trip, August 1984.
Staley Manufacturing Company, general info, 1982-1984.
Sugar supports, legislation, 1981-1984, 2 folders.
Superior Mining Project, Aroostook County, 1982, 2 folders.
Tobacco price support, 1981.
United Fresh Fruit, 1980-1982.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, 1984.
MS 184.108.40.206.2 John Veroneau and Eben Adams 1989-1996 8 boxes
John Veroneau handled agricultural and fisheries issues from 1989 to
January, 1994, at which time he became legislative director for the
Cohen office. These issues were then turned over to Eben Adams, who
worked with Senator Cohen from 1992-1996.
Files are arranged alphabetically, and they deal with the potato,
blueberry, and dairy industries. They also chronicle the development
of the cranberry industry in the early 1990s in southern Maine.
Significant legislation includes the Northeast Interstate Dairy
Compact, which was introduced as S. 2069 and co-sponsored by Senator
Cohen in 1994. This law helped to assure the viability of dairy
farming in the Northeast.
Materials consist of news clippings, briefing memos, floor
statements, Cohen's correspondence with the USDA, and his requests
to the Committee on Appropriations for research funding. Reports
from the General Accounting Office on crop insurance and pesticides,
as well as reports on a number of issues from the Congressional
Research Service and the Maine Dept. of Agriculture are also found
in these files.
Access to some of the records in this sub series is restricted until
2017. Consult the Special Collections Department for further
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