Jake Worcester, a native of Hill City now working in Fort Collins, Colo. has been hired as assistant secretary of agriculture for Kansas.
Jackie McClaskey, Acting Secretary of Agriculture said Worcester has a diverse business background and is a skilled relationship building with a solid understanding of agriculture.
"We are excited to have Jake join the Kansas Department of Agriculture team," McClaskey said, "He brings extensive knowledge of agriculture to the agency and is an innovative thinking when it comes to working through challenges. He will be an asset as we work together with our farm and ranch families and agribusinesses to grow the state's largest industry."
Worcester's background in agriculture
Worcester is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics. He was active in student government, serving as KSU student body president. He has close ties to agriculture, having worked on his family farm while growing up.
He was an active member of 4-H and FFA and served as a state FFA officer.
Most recently he worked as vice president for Peak Solutions USA, a leadership and management consulting firm with specializations in the agriculture and manufacturing industries. He also served as the first full-time executive director for the Kansas FFA foundation and the director of development for the K-State School of Leadership Studies.
He and his wife, Hillary, plant to move to Manhattan in the spring.
Worcester fills the assistant secretary slot vacated by McClaskey when she was chosen for Secretary of Ag by Gov. Sam Brownback, replacing Dale Rodman who has served for the past three years.
Rodman, who is now 73, came out of retirement to accept Brownback's nomination when he was elected governor in 2010. He has said his plans are to return to retirement, but will continue to serve as chairman of the board of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.