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Herbert Plambeck Papers

Farm broadcaster and public official. Herb Plambeck was born in Davenport, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University as a two-year agriculture student. Plambeck worked as a farm worker, youth leader, and extension agent before becoming farm editor of the Davenport Times-Democrat in 1935. In 1936, he became farm director for WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa, a position he held until 1970. He then joined the U.S. Department of Agiculture as a public affairs assistant to Secretary Clifford Hardin and later to Secretary Earl Butz. Plambeck retired from the USDA in 1973. He returned to Iowa and to broadcasting, assisted in governing Living History Farms, and worked with the World Plowing Matches held in the Amanas in 1988. Collection includes correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and other papers concerning Plambeck's career as head of the farm department of WHO Radio. Other materials relate to his syndicated column on agriculture; trips to Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and the U.S.S.R. with the U.S. farm exchange delegation (1955); and his activities in Kiwanis and with the national plowing matches. Find out more about this collection by viewing the finding aid.

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