Block, John R.


In-person autograph sentiment signed while Reagan’s Agriculture Secretary



Autograph ID: 6919
Condition: Very good
Description: “(b. 1935) US Secretary of Agriculture (Reagan) 1981-86. USMA 1957, successful agribusinessman, Illinois Director of Agriculture. During the Reagan Administration, he was involved in the 1985 Farm Bill Act at a time when more farmers lost their farms than at any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s. In June 1981, Secretary Block invited agricultural and educational leaders toward the common goal of educating the public about the role of agriculture. The resulting task force recommended that Department of Agriculture help coordinate local and state Agriculture in the Classroom efforts. There are now Agriculture in the Classroom programs in every state and many US Territories. After government service he was an executive at John Deere and was President of Food Distributors International. In 1992, he won the Horatio Alger Award. He has been active in global food programs as well, serving on the Board of Directors of Friends of the World Food Program (now, the World Food Program USA), a non-profit dedicated to supporting the UN World Food Program’s efforts to end global hunger.

Autograph sentiment (“Best of Luck”) signed on a 4 ½ x 6 yellow autograph album page; in-person signature!”
Type: Signed album page

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