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Dale Rodman
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Kansas Secretary of Agriculture
Former officeholder
In office
January 2011 - December 2013
Base salary$110,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 2011
Appointed byGov. Sam Brownback (R)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sKansas State University (1963)
Place of birthEureka, Kansas
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Dale Rodman is a former Secretary of Agriculture in Kansas. He served in this position beginning in 2011, following his appointment by Governor Sam Brownback. Rodman stepped down on December 10, 2013, and was succeeded by Jackie McClaskey. After leaving the secretary's office, he retained his role as the elected chair of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.[1][2]


Rodman, who grew up on a farm and ranch, has always been tied to agriculture. He spent the majority of his career as an agribusiness executive, including 37 years at Cargill, Inc. and four years as president of Tramco, Inc. in Wichita.[3]


  • Graduate, Minnesota Management Institute, University of Minnesota
  • B.S., Milling Science, Kansas State University, 1963

Political career

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture (2011-2013)

Illegal immigrant wavier

In January 2012, it was reported that Rodman was seeking a waiver from the federal government that would allow an arrangement where illegal immigrants could work for willing employers. He came up with the idea as a solution to the shortage of hired hands for ranches and farms.[4]

Rodman was backed in the move by a coalition of conservative farm advocates and liberal social groups. In direct opposition has stood Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped author tough anti-immigration bills in Arizona and Alabama, and has repeatedly tried to get similar laws passed in Kansas. Kobach said there is no shortage of workers, stating, "I hate to answer with the old adage about comparing apples and oranges, but to a certain extent, the crops rotting in the field argument is comparing - maybe not apples to oranges, but oranges to soybeans."[5]



Rodman was appointed as Kansas Secretary of Agriculture in January 2011 by Gov. Sam Brownback (R).[6]

Rodman stated, “After a career in agribusiness that included developing and managing facilities in the U.S. and abroad, this is an opportunity for me to serve Kansas agriculture.”[7]


Rodman and his wife, Ronda, have two children and four grandchildren.[3]

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Preceded by
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture
January 2011 - December 2013
Succeeded by
Jackie McClaskey