3/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
Governor Names Dustin Oedekoven Interim Agriculture Secretary
S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Dr. Dustin Oedekoven* will
serve as interim Secretary of Agriculture while the search continues for a
full-time replacement for Lucas Lentsch, who announced last month his intention
to depart as Ag Secretary.
serves as South Dakota’s state veterinarian and head of the Animal Industry
Board. His interim appointment will be effective immediately. March 23 is
Lentsch’s last day with the Department of Agriculture.
am pleased that Dr. Oedekoven has agreed to serve in this capacity,” Gov.
Daugaard said. “Dusty is well-respected throughout the agriculture industry and
will do a great job leading the department until we identify a permanent
like to thank the Governor for this opportunity,” Oedekoven said. “It’s an
honor and a privilege to serve South Dakota’s No. 1 industry.”
native of Sturgis, Oedekoven has served as state veterinarian since 2009. He
received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science from South Dakota State
University and a degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University.
graduation, Oedekoven worked in private practice in Wyoming and then joined the
South Dakota Animal Industry Board in 2003. Before becoming state veterinarian,
he worked as a staff veterinarian and assistant state veterinarian.
lives in Pierre with his wife, Jennifer, and their five children.