Former Agriculture Secretary and ?40 alum Richard Lyng dies

by Margee Macdonell

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Richard E. Lyng, a 1940 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (Feb. 1) in Modesto, Calif., at age 84.p. Appointed by President Reagan, Lyng served as agriculture secretary from 1986-89 and is credited with influencing global farm policies and helping to develop the nation’s food stamp program. He previously had served as chief deputy director of the California State Department of Agriculture, deputy secretary of agriculture and assistant secretary for marketing and consumer services for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and president of theAmerican Meat Institute.p.

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