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Gov. Daugaard appoints interim agriculture secretary

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed an interim state secretary of agriculture. Daugaard says Dr. Dustin Oedekoven (OH'-deh-koh-ven) will be responsible for the state agency while the search continues for a permane...

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed an interim state secretary of agriculture.

Daugaard says Dr. Dustin Oedekoven (OH'-deh-koh-ven) will be responsible for the state agency while the search continues for a permanent replacement for Lucas Lentsch, who is ending his tenure as secretary of agriculture on Wednesday.

Oedekoven has served as state veterinarian since 2009. He is also the head of the Animal Industry Board.

Daugaard says Oedekoven is well respected throughout the agriculture industry.

Lentsch, who served as agriculture secretary since April 2013, last month announced that he is taking a job in the private sector.

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