Holt named Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
PIERRE, S.D. – Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch has named Kyle Holt as the deputy secretary for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Holt has worked in various aspects of government at the state and federal levels. He most recently worked in Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s Rapid City office.
“Kyle has a working knowledge of our state’s diverse agricultural industry,” says Secretary Lentsch. “His knowledge of production agriculture, along with the state and federal government processes, makes him a tremendous asset to the department.”
Holt grew up on his family farm near Cresbard. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University.
“Agriculture impacts everything in South Dakota, and it’s such a big part of what makes this state so great,” said Holt. “I’m excited to be part of a department that’s dedicated to helping that success continue.”
Kyle and his wife Jessica have one son.
Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
–South Dakota Department of Livestock
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the June 19, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News