Lubin, David

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David Lubin (lōō´bĬn), 1849–1919, American agriculturist, b. Poland. After prospering as a merchant in California, he devoted himself to helping farmers with their problems. Through his efforts the California Fruit Growers Association, a cooperative marketing group, was established. His plan to found a worldwide agricultural institute found favor in Italy, and in 1905 the International Institute of Agriculture was founded in Rome, with 46 nations participating. Lubin was the U.S. representative until his death. In 1945 the institute's activities were absorbed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.