Pierre, S.D. (KELO AM) – Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch announced today that Trudy Wastweet has been appointed Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Wastweet most recently served as national policy advisor for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and previously worked in the livestock industry as assistant executive director of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association.
“I’m very excited to have Trudy join the Department,” Secretary Lentsch said. “Her experience and professionalism will be a tremendous asset to South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers – I’m glad we could bring her back home.”
A South Dakota native, Wastweet graduated from Lake Preston High School and earned her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from South Dakota State University. She has been active in the agriculture community, serving on the Minnesota Ag in the Classroom Board of Directors and on the Legacy Committee of the Agriculture Future of America Alliance. Wastweet recently received the prestigious McCloy Fellowship in Agriculture from the American Council on Germany.
“This was an irresistible opportunity—I am thrilled to get back to South Dakota and work with our farmers and ranchers,” said Wastweet. “Great things are happening here, and I look forward to joining producers and other industry partners to grow South Dakota’s leading industry.”
Wastweet will join the Department Monday, Sept. 23.
Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SDAgDept and Twitter @SDAgriculture.