Farm Talk

December 3, 2013

McClaskey named Kan. ag secretary


Parsons, Kansas — Gov. Sam Brownback has named Jackie McClaskey as the new Kansas secretary of agriculture, replacing Dale Rodman who steps down on Dec. 10.

“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.”

McClaskey, a native of Girard, has been with the department since 2011 and was named deputy secretary in July.

The new secretary grew up on a small family farm in Crawford County and was assistant dean of the Kansas State University College of Agriculture before joining the Kansas Agriculture Department.

Active in 4-H and FFA, McClaskey was also K-State’s student body president.

Rodman was appointed secretary of agriculture in January 2011. In July, he was elected chair of the board of directors of the Kansas Bioscience Authority where he will continue to serve. £