May 6, 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Agriculture Department Secretary Kim Vanneman announced her retirement Tuesday. Her last day as Secretary of Agriculture will be this Friday. Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden will step in as Interim Secretary of Agriculture.
Prior to her time as Secretary of Agriculture, Vanneman served as a director for Farm Credit Services of America, and was a member of the State House of Representatives from 2007-2013.
Vanneman and her husband, Clint, own and operate Vanneman Farms north of Winner.
Vanneman said in a statement, “the remote work model the past several weeks has made me aware of what I am missing out on with my family and operating our family farm. It’s time for me to spend more time home with family.”