|Kansas Secretary of Agriculture|
|January 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed by||Gov. Sam Brownback (R)|
|Bachelor's||Kansas State University (1963)|
|Place of birth||Eureka, Kansas|
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.
- Graduate, Minnesota Management Institute, University of Minnesota
- BS, Milling Science, Kansas State University, 1963
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture (2011-Present)
Illegal immigrant wavier
In January 2012, it was reported that Rodman was seeking a wavier 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.
Rodman was backed in the move by a coaltion 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."
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.”
Rodman and his wife, Ronda, have two children and four grandchildren.
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- Kansas State Department Of Agriculture, "Bio - Dale Rodman," accessed August 16, 2012
- Kansas Bioscience Authority, "Dale A. Rodman," accessed October 2, 2012
- The Daily Caller, "Kansas ag secretary asks DHS to legitimize illegal immigrant farm labor," January 30, 2012
- NPR, "Kansas Faces Opposition To Illegal Immigrant Law," March 2, 2012
- Kansas State Department Of Agriculture, "Dale Rodman Confirmed as 15th Kansas Secretary of Agriculture," February 16, 2011
|Kansas Secretary of Agriculture
January 2011 - Present
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