South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Bill Even is leaving his position April 19 to take a job with Pioneer Hi-Bred International.
Even, 44, will become senior manager of government, community and industry relations in Pioneer's Biotech Affairs and Regulatory Department.
"The stakes are high as we need to nearly double production by the middle of this century to meet the demand of the growing world population," says Steve Brody, director of Government, Community and Industry Relations. "Bill brings valuable experience and knowledge to Pioneer that will enhance our efforts to ensure agriculture research, product innovation and grower productivity tops the world's policy agenda."
In a state announcing the resignation, Gov. Mike Rounds said Even will be "greatly missed."
"He has been a strong leader for the department …He I wish him the very best as he pursues a career in the private sector."
Gov. Rounds named Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jon Farris as Acting Secretary.