Hatch Act

By: Elijah Greene

Purpose Of The Hatch Act

The purpose of the Hatch Act of 1887 was to establish agricultural experiment stations in States that established colleges under the Morrill Act.


Who Started The Hatch Act?

William Henry Hatch of Missouri joined forces with Norman J. Coleman to create legislation that would promote all aspects of agriculture.


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