Bob Bergland, former Agriculture chief under Carter, dies at 90

Bob Bergland, the former secretary of Agriculture under President Carter, died Sunday in Minnesota. He was 90.

His daughter, Linda Vatnsdal, told The Associated Press that Bergland died Sunday at a nursing home in northern Minnesota.


Bergland was appointed as secretary of Agriculture in January 1977. He served in the role throughout Carter's presidency, leaving the post in January 1981.

Before joining the Carter administration, Bergland served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Minnesota from 1971 to 1977. While in the House, he supported farmer, consumer and environmental causes, according to The New York Times.

Bergland became president of Farmland-Eaton World Trade after leaving the administration in 1981 and later became an executive at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, according to the Times.