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McClaskey named state secretary of agriculture

By The Mercury

Jackie McClaskey of Manhattan will be the next Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday.

She succeeds Dale Rodman, who will step down Dec. 10.

McClaskey has worked in the Department of Agriculture since 2011. She served as assistant secretary before being named deputy secretary in July.

Before joining the Department of Agriculture, she was assistant dean in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University.

McClaskey, who grew up on a family farm in Girard, was communications director and ag policy director for Brownback from 1994 to 1996, when he was a congressman.

“Jackie has been a wonderful asset for the Kansas Department of Agriculture,” Brownback said. “Her extensive broad-based experience, along with her hard work ethic makes me confident she will do an outstanding job.”

In July, Rodman, a former Cargill executive, was named to the Kansas Bioscience Authority Board of Directors, a position he will retain.

““I would like to thank Dale for his dedication and the contributions he made as Secretary,” Brownback said. “Dale’s personal commitment to Kansas agriculture and extensive knowledge of agribusiness has helped grow our agricultural economy.”

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