Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to speak at SIUC

By Gus Bode

Yeutter served under former President Bush

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and ambassador Clayton Yeutter will be speaking about agriculture and food-related issues on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lesar Law Building Auditorium as part of a College of Agricultural Sciences and Public Policy Institute lecture.

Yeutter served as former President George Bush’s secretary of agriculture and is credited with helping steer the 1990 farm bill through Congress.


Matthew Baughman, a development officer with the Public Policy Institute, said students could benefit by attending the lecture because of Yeutter’s background in agriculture, business and law.

“This will enhance students’ education,” he said. “He represents a diverse background. There’s really something for everybody.”

In addition to service in Bush’s cabinet, Yeutter served as a U.S. Trade Representative between 1985 and 1988. During his tenure, he helped negotiate a free trade agreement between the United States and Canada and the 1988 Trade Bill through Congress.

Robert Arthur, associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences who’s seen Yeutter speak twice, said it’s important for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences to attend.

“He’ll bring a lot of useful information,” he said. “He still remains active in policy and this will help students get a better understanding of how trade agreements work.”

Currently Yeutter is of counsel to Hogan & Hartson, one of the nation’s largest law firms.

Reporter Brad Brondsema can be reached at [email protected]