PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones has announced plans to retire from his position, effective April 29. Bones, a Parker native, has headed the Ag Department since January 2011.
“It has truly been an honor to serve as Secretary of Agriculture,” Bones said. “I’ve served with a group of dedicated public servants – from the Governor, who really understands the role of agriculture, to his staff and Cabinet members, our Legislature, and especially Department of Agriculture employees, everyone has worked hard to promote and protect the best interests of our industry.”
“I would like to thank all our farmers, ranchers and industry leaders who work every day to ensure the sustainability and viability of South Dakota Agriculture,” Bones said. “My number one takeaway from my time in public service is the amazing things we can accomplish when we all work together.”
Governor Daugaard praised Secretary Bones for his service.
“Walt Bones is a great leader in the ag community, and I have appreciated his hard work for South Dakota’s No. 1 industry,” the Governor said. “I thank him for his service to South Dakota and wish him well.”
Bones is a partner in a family farming operation near Parker, and upon his retirement he will return to his farm.