- Category : 1928-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (27)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 2
American politician, a member of the US Congress from 1971 to 1977, and Secretary of Agriculture under President Carter from 1977 to 1981. A member of the Democratic Party he became a lobbyist on behalf of issues facing farmers and the poor. He retired in 1994 and returned to his roots, the family farm.
Following the end of the Carter administration in 1981, Bergland became the chairman of Farmland World Trade until 1982, when he became the vice president and general manager of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. In the latter capacity, Bergland lobbied both Congress and the regulatory agencies on behalf of the Cooperative's electricity business.
After retiring in 1994, Bergland was elected by the Minnesota State Legislature to a term on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Bergland retired after the one term and owned a 600-acre (2.4 km2) farm in Minnesota.
He married Helen Elaine Grahn in 1950. They had seven children. Bergland died on 9 December 2018 at a nursing home in Roseau at the age of 90.