Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, Jackie McClaskey, will speak to members of the Agribusiness Council of Wichita’s Sept. 19 luncheon meeting.
McClaskey will join Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office at the event, which will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kansas Pavilions. The cost is $20 for a current member and $25 for non-members.
McClaskey’s appearance is in conjunction with the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, the state’s largest 4-H and FFA livestock competition, which will be held Sept. 19-21 at the Kansas Pavilions. A western theme will be carried out in honor of the connection.
Secretary McClaskey serves on the board of directors of the KJLS and will be on hand on Sept. 19 to work at the show, which is in its 82nd year.
McClaskey was appointed secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) by Governor Sam Brownback in December 2013. McClaskey joined KDA as assistant secretary in January 2011 and served in that role until being named Deputy Secretary last summer.
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She is dedicated to serving Kansas agriculture and is personally committed to developing opportunities to grow the state’s diverse agricultural economy. Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, will attend the Sept. 19 lunch with Secretary McClaskey as they present an update on the Governor’s Water Vision.
A native Kansan, McClaskey grew up on a diversified family farm that included livestock and crop production near Girard. She earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture economics from Kansas State University in 1993 and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a Master’s of Science in agricultural economics. McClaskey earned her Ph.D. in animal science from Kansas State University earlier this year and her Ph.D. dissertation analyzed foreign animal disease response policy.
Prior to coming to the Department of Agriculture, McClaskey served as an assistant dean for the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University for 13 years. Because of her passion for young people and seeing them reach their full potential, she is the co-founder of Roots and Legacies, Inc., an agricultural leadership consulting firm.
Be sure to wear your boots and jeans to this luncheon. ABCW board members will cook burgers on the grill and provide fantastic side dishes.