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The Hatch Act was federal legislation in 1887 that created the State Agricultural Experiment Station System (SAES). This act authorized the use of federal funds for creation of an Agricultural Experiment Station within each land-grant university and annual grants to each state for agricultural research. William Hatch, a representative from Missouri, saw this effort as an opportunity to make U.S. agriculture more competitive in world markets.