Former Kansas Agriculture Secretary, Josh Svaty, has been named senior adviser to EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks.
As secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Svaty managed a $27 million budget, a 380 employee workforce and statutory duties for 17 programs.
He is the fifth-generation of his family to farm in Ellsworth County, Kan. The Svaty farm is a diversified operation that includes wheat, milo, soybeans, corn, sunflowers, a cow/calf herd and sheep. Svaty served as the State Representative of the 108th District in Kan., for seven years. His committee assignments included the committees for Energy and Utilities, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the joint committee on Energy and Environmental Policy. Svaty has testified before the U.S. Congress on agriculture, energy and water policy issues. He holds a B.A. from Sterling College in Sterling, Kan.
This region encompasses Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine Tribal Nations.