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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1991
Home TownBorzova, Ukraine
BirthNovember 14, 1891
Tucson, AZ

   Sam Bober
Champion of Excellence

 Sam Bober immigrated from Ukraine to the United States with his family when he was 15 years old. He attended the Baron de Hirsch Agricultural School in New Jersey, Michigan State University, South Dakota State University and Harvard to study agriculture and agricultural economics.

Bober was one of the most decorated American Agriculturists. Land was synonymous with freedom for Bober, so in 1915 he joined the great land rush. Bober and his wife claimed 160 acres in western South Dakota and agreed to live on it for five consecutive years. <p>Sam bought more land and then opened the Bober Seed House. He organized the first cooperative telephone company in the area, organized the first Farm Bureau Group in the interest of raising food production during World War I, and was a leader of the Crop Improvement Association. <p>Sam Bober developed early maturing seed corn and helped introduce worthwhile grasses and hardy alfalfa in western South Dakota. In 1927 he prepared an exhibit of Cossack Alfalfa seed which won the grand prize at the International Seed Show in Chicago, competing with 400 entries. <p>Bober met and advised Presidents Calvin Coolidge, F.D. Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower on agricultural matters, prompting the latter chief executive to appoint him to the Board of Governors of the Federal Farm Land Bank, of which he became chairman. <p>The Russian government asked Bober for advice on seed raising in 1939. He took a spoonful of the Russian variety of alfalfa while he was at the University of Kiev. Bober brought the Russian alfalfa seeds back to South Dakota, planted them and developed them. During the war Bober was State Chairman of the Relief of Russia committee and he shipped a train carload of Russian alfalfa seeds back to Russia. <p>When Newell fell on hard times during the depression in the 1930's, Bober organized the Relief Society for those not as fortunate as himself. He persuaded merchants and ranchers to employ those in need. <p>Sam Bober participated in one of the most important developments in agricultural history in 1953. He was Chairman of The National Farm Loan Advisory Board and he helped author the Farm Credit Act which decentralized the handling of loans to farmers, by putting the decisions into the hands of the local stockholders. <p>Bober was awarded Who’s Who in the Midwest 1965-66; Who’s Who in World Jewry 1955-1972; World Who’s Who in Commerce & Industry 1955; named to Agricultural Hall of Fame, Kansas City, Missouri; awarded Honorary Doctor of Science degree from South Dakota State University for outstanding service to agriculture; honored as “Eminent Farmer of South Dakota” at the Little International Day of South Dakota State College. <p>-1953 Chairman of the Farm Advisory Committee of the Farm Loan Association <p>-1953 Appointed by President Eisenhower to serve as a member of the Federal Farm Credit Board-1954-60 Chairman of the Federal Land Bank, appointed by President Eisenhower. <p>-1955 Re-appointed to National Farm Credit Board

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