Four individuals were inducted into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame today at the Champlain Valley Fair:
Sen. Justin Smith Morrill (posthumous by 110 years)
Sen. Patrick Leahy
W. Dean Merrill
Philip K. Grime
Sen. Morrill, the father of the Land Grant College system, is the only Vermonter in the National Agricultural Hall of Fame.
A little known fact about Sen. Leahy: He was a top shooter on the rifle team at Saint Michael's College (graduated in 1961). I shot on the rifle team at the University of Maine (graduated in 1977) and I enjoyed comparing notes with the Senator today about college rifle teams. Sadly, neither school has a rifle team any more.
Congratulations to the 2008 inductees to the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame!
This was the 6th year of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame. Here are all the inductees from 2003-2008 (click to enlarge):