Agriculture Appropriation Act of 1905

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Agricultural Appropriation Act
Great Seal of the United States
Other short titles Agricultural Appropriation Act of 1906
Long title An Act making appropriations for the Department of Agricultural for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth nineteen hundred and six.
Enacted by the 58th United States Congress
Effective March 3, 1905
Citations
Public Law 58-188
Statutes at Large 33 Stat. 861
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 18329
  • Senate agreed to amendment on February 14, 1905 (18-34) with further amendment
  • House agreed to Senate amendment on February 16, 1905 (263-5)
  • Signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt on March 3, 1905

On March 3, 1905, the United States federal Agriculture Appropriation Act was created under the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.[1] Martin Dodge was the director of the OPRI (Office of Public Roads Inquiry) until 1905 when the act was passed. The Division of Tests of the Bureau of Chemistry joined with The Office of Public Roads Inquiry to form the Office of Public Roads (OPR). A scientist was needed to be in charge of all the scientific and technical work. Logan Waller Page was appointed the head of the organization by the Agriculture Appropriation Act. The OPR has a yearly budget of 50,000 dollars. It is the first permanent federal road agency. The act required the OPR to fill ten full time positions. The act acquired farm and architectural functions of the Rural Engineering Investigations Division of the Office of Farm Management, while consolidating the Drainage and Irrigation divisions of the office of farm management to form the OPR and Rural engineering.[2] Many programs fall under this act such as the Food and Nutrition Program, and Conservation Program. David Obey is now the Chairman over Appropriations.

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