Walt Bones

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Walt Bones
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South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture
Former officeholder
In office
January 8, 2011 - April 29, 2013
Base salary$90,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 2010
Appointed byGov. Dennis Daugaard (R)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIowa State University (1974)
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Walt Bones is a former South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture. He served from April 2010 - April 2013.[1]

Bones left the position to return to farming.[2]

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A farmer, Bones raises cattle, corn, soybeans, and wheat. He has been active in a number of related associations, including the National Corn Growers Association, the Midwest Dairy Association, the South Dakota Hereford Association, the South Dakota Cattleman’s Association, and the South Dakota Farm Bureau. Bones served on the Minnehaha County Planning and Zoning Commission for ten years.[3]


  • BA, Animal Science, Iowa State University, 1974

Political career

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture (2011-2013)

Bones served as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture from January 2011 to April 29, 2013.

In announcing his retirement Bones stated, “It has truly been an honor to serve as Secretary of Agriculture. I’ve served with a group of dedicated public servants – from the Governor, who really understands the role of agriculture, to his staff and Cabinet members, our Legislature, and especially Department of Agriculture employees, everyone has worked hard to promote and protect the best interests of our industry.”[2]



Bones was appointed as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture in December 2010 by then Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard.[4]

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Preceded by
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Lucas Lentsch