Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 117
Herman C. Aaberg
Papers, 1940-1983, undated


Descriptive summary

creator: Aaberg, Herman C.
title: Papers
dates: 1940-1983, undated
extent: 1.89 linear feet (4 document boxes and 1 half-document box)
collection number: MS 117
repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

 

Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Herman C. Aaberg Papers, MS 117, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

 

Biographical note

Herman C. Aaberg was an American Farm Bureau Federation administrator, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Iowa, county agricultural agent, and farmer. Aaberg received a two-year, non-collegiate Agriculture Certificate (1924) from Iowa State College (University).

He served as supervisor of the Lake Mills-Scarville (Iowa) Cow Testing Association from 1925 to 1926, and then became county agricultural agent for Winnebago County, Iowa. While working in Winnebago County, he completed a project to eradicate tuberculosis in livestock. Winnebago County was the first county in Iowa to be declared tuberculosis- free. In 1931 Aaberg left his position to farm in Pocahontas County, Iowa. He returned to extension work in 1932 when he was named county agricultural agent for Sioux County, Iowa.

In 1933 Aaberg was named Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for the state of Iowa, a position he held until 1936. During his tenure as Assistant Secretary, he was in charge of the emergency corn loan program and the eradiation programs for chinch bugs and grasshoppers.

From 1936 to 1944, Aaberg was the Iowa representative for the Chicago Producers Commission Association. In this position, he assisted the Extension Service and the Iowa Farm Bureau in organizing 70 county cattle feeder associations. In 1944, Aaberg joined the American Farm Bureau Federation as director of the Livestock Department (later called Marketing Research and Commodity Activities), a position he held until he retired in 1969. In addition to his work for the Farm Bureau on livestock and commodity marketing, he became very active in developing programs to eradicate livestock diseases. He served on the National Brucellosis Committee, the National Cattle Grub Committee, the National Hog Cholera Committee, and with Livestock Conservation, Inc.

For his efforts in disease eradiation programs, Aaberg was honored by Livestock Conservation, Inc, the American Humane Association, and the Animal Health Division of the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1983 he received the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture.

(For further biographical information, see files 1/1-1/4)

 

Collection description

This collection (1940-1983, undated) contains biographical material, livestock marketing studies, and minutes and reports of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s National Livestock Advisory Committee (1940-1969). Of special interest is a report, “Program of the livestock Committee,” written by John Kenneth Galbraith (1940).

 

 

Description of series

Series 1 Biographical Information
1983, undated
extent: 4 folders
description: This series contains news clippings, correspondence, and written accounts related to Aaberg's life.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

1

News clippings

1983

1

2

Aaberg, Herman C. “This is My Life: Prepared for the Purpose of Providing a Brief Record of My Family History.”

undated

1

3

Benford, Noonie. “My Grandfather’s Life: the Son of Poor Norwegian Immigrants Contributes to Agriculture, Public Health and Society.”

undated

1

4

Correspondence. Copy of Letter from Dean Kleckner, President, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation regarding the Iowa Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award.

1983

 

Description of series

Series 2 American Agricultural Marketing Association
1966-1967
extent: 1 folder
description: This series contains information on association activities in 1966-1967.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

5

AAMA Fruit and Vegetable Activities. March 1

1966-1967

 

Description of series

Series 3 Livestock Marketing Studies
1966-1969
extent: 8 folders
description: This series contains Farm Bureau livestock marketing studies.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

6

“Western State Farm Bureau Livestock Marketing Study: Background, Observations, Recommendations.” March

1966

1

7

“Western State Farm Bureau Livestock Marketing Study: Background, Observations, Recommendations.” January

1967

1

8

“Western State Farm Bureau Livestock Marketing Study: Missouri Supplement.” February

1967

1

9

“Western State Farm Bureau Livestock Marketing Study: Wisconsin Supplement.” February

1967

1

10

“Southern State Farm Bureau Livestock¬† Marketing Study (Over-All Report), May

1968

1

11

“Midwestern and Western State Farm Bureaus Livestock Marketing Handbook.” November

1968

1

12

Southern States Farm Bureau Livestock Marketing Study: Opinions of Each Segment of the Southern Livestock Industry.” April

1968

1

13

“Farm Bureau Marketing Association Livestock Marketing Project.” February

1969

 

Description of series

Series 4 National Livestock Committee Minutes
1940-1969
extent: 59 folders
description: This series contain committee minutes, as well as accompanying exhibits and reports.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

2

1

Minutes, April 15-16

1940

2

2

“Program of the Livestock Committee” by John Kenneth Galbraith, and correspondence regarding the report. July- August

1940

2

3

Minutes, September 11-12

1940

2

4

Memo to Livestock Committee Regarding Livestock Study, May 12

1941

2

5

Minutes, July 14- 15

1941

2

6

Minutes, January 24

1942

2

7

Minutes, April 24-25

1942

2

8

Progress Report from Livestock Conference held December 7

1942

2

9

Minutes, February 28-29

1944

2

10

Minutes, May 10-11

1944

2

11

Minutes, August 25-26

1944

2

12

Minutes, December 5-6. Includes summary of recommendations of “Old” Commodity Committees and report, “Proposed Plans for Improving and Developing Facilities and Marketing Methods in Selling Hogs in the Corn Belt.”

1944

2

13

Minutes and Reports from the Livestock Conference, December 11

1944

2

14

Minutes, March 26-27. Includes report, “Data Pertaining to Parity”

1945

2

15

Minutes, July 12-13

1945

2

16

Minutes, December 12-13. Includes Minutes of the Livestock Conference, December 17

1945

2

17

Minutes, March 4-5

1946

2

18

Minutes, August 26-27

1946

2

19

Minutes, December 8-9

1946

2

20

Minutes, March 26, 1947. Includes Minutes of the Livestock Conference, December 1946

1946-1947

2

21

Minutes, December 14-15. Includes report of the Livestock Department, September 7- December 13, and Committee on Brucellosis of the United States Livestock Sanitary Association, December 3-5

1947

2

22

Minutes, March 15-16,1948. Includes reports of the Livestock Department, December 14, 1947-March 10 1948

1947-1948

2

23

Minutes, September 27-28. Includes reports of the Livestock Department, March - September and Special Committee on Packers and Stockyards Act, September 22, 1948

1948

2

24

Minutes, December 12-13, 1948. Name changed to the National Livestock Advisory Committee. Includes a preliminary report, “A Livestock Program for the United States”, prepared by the Agricultural Economics Sections, Michigan State College, December 6, 1948, and report of the American Farm Bureau Special Committee on Brucellosis, January 28,1949

1948-1949

3

1

Minutes, March 14-15, 1949. Contains report of the Livestock Department, December 1,1948-March 10,1949

1948-1949

3

2

Minutes, August 29-30, 1949. Includes reports of the Livestock Department, March - August

1949

3

3

Minutes, March 27-28, 1950. Includes minutes and recommendations of the Midwest State Farm Bureaus’ Livestock Conference, March 20-21,1950, and report of the Livestock Department, December 1, 1949- March 22,1950

1950

3

4

Minutes, September 11-12, 1950. Includes reports of the Livestock Department, March 23 - September. Also Includes two Exhibit A’s

1950

3

5

Minutes, March 26-27. Includes report of Livestock Department

1951

3

6

Minutes, September 24-25. Includes report of Livestock Department, June 15-September 15

1951

3

7

Minutes, March 31- April 1. Includes report of Livestock Department and testimony by Allan B. Kline President of the AFBF before the Senate Banking and Currency Committee

1952

3

8

Minutes, September 29-30. Includes annual report of the Livestock Department, October 8

1952

3

9

Minutes, March 30-31. Includes report of Livestock Department

1953

3

10

Minutes, September 28-29

1953

3

11

Minutes, March 29-30

1954

3

12

Minutes, September 27-28. Includes report of the Livestock Department,

1954

3

13

Minutes, March 28-29. Includes quarterly report of the Livestock Department, January-March

1955

3

14

Minutes, September 26-27. Includes quarterly reports of the Livestock Department, April - September

1955

4

1

Minutes, March 26-27. Includes quarterly report of the Livestock Department, January -March

1956

4

2

Minutes, September 24-25. Includes reports of the Livestock Department

1956

4

3

Minutes, March 18-19. Includes reports of the Livestock Department

1957

4

4

Minutes, September 23-24. Includes reports of the Livestock Department, September 13

1957

4

5

Minutes, March 17-18. Includes Livestock Progress Report, March 7, and Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Livestock Conservation, Inc., February 20

1958

4

6

Minutes, September 8-9. Includes Livestock Quarterly Report, August 28

1958

4

7

Minutes, March 9-10. Includes Livestock Report

1959

4

8

Minutes, September 14-15. Includes Livestock Report

1959

4

9

Minutes, March 14-15. Includes Livestock Report, March 3

1960

4

10

Minutes, September 12-13. Includes Livestock Quarterly Report, June - August

1960

4

11

Minutes, March 13-14. Includes Livestock Report, March 6

1961

4

12

Minutes, September 11-12. Includes Livestock Quarterly Report, June - August

1961

4

13

Minutes, March 19-20. Includes Livestock Report.

1962

4

14

Minutes, September 10-11. Includes Livestock Report

1962

4

15

Minutes, March 11-12

1963

4

16

Minutes, March 9-10

1964

4

17

Minutes, March 8-9

1965

4

18

Minutes, March 7-8

1966

4

19

Minutes, March 6-7

1967

4

20

Minutes, March 4-5

1968

4

21

Minutes, March 10-11

1969

 

Description of series

Series 5 National Live Stock and Meat Board
1962-1975
extent: 6 folders
description: This series contains information relating to the National Live Stock and Meat Board, a non-profit service organization, supported by and representing the entire livestock and meat industry. The American Farm Bureau Federation supplies three members of the Board.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

4

22

Constitution and By-Laws

1966

4

23

Correspondence

1966-1975

5

1

Directory

1972-1973

5

2

Memorandum of Understanding regarding the National Pork Producers Council

1967

5

3

Minutes of the First Meeting of the Beef Committee of the National Livestock and Meat Board

1962

5

4

Reports

1962-1975