Agriculture: An Old Hand Gets a New Job

An Old Hand Gets a New Job

If Richard Lyng knows anything better than the agricultural business, it is agricultural politics. A native Californian, Lyng, 67, started his career by taking over his father's bean-and-seed-processing business in 1949 and doubling profits during the next 18 years. He went on to hold top positions in the agriculture departments of California Governor Ronald Reagan and President Richard Nixon. After a six-year stint as head of the American Meat Institute, he returned to the USDA as Deputy Secretary during Reagan's first term as President. In Washington he has earned a reputation as a smooth operator who can handle lobbyists, bureaucrats and...

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