SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to honor former state agriculture director and former U.S. Agriculture Secretary John Rusling Block.
The agency recently said it plans to dedicate a plaque with Block’s likeness on April 22 at the Illinois Department of Agriculture building in Springfield. Block served at U.S. agriculture secretary under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1986.
He was born in Gilson in west-central Illinois in 1935 and graduated from West Point. After serving in the Army he returned to his family farm, which had expanded from about 300 to 3,000 acres.
He was appointed to lead the state agriculture department in 1977 under then-Illinois Gov. James Thompson.
— Associated Press
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