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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has been elected to a top position in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Quarles was elected second vice president during the group's annual meeting Wednesday.

A release from the agriculture commissioner's office says Quarles is the first Kentucky agriculture commissioner to hold office in the association since Billy Ray Smith in the early 2000s. Quarles has also served as secretary-treasurer in during the 2017-18 term.

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Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the state's farmers donated more than $612,000 in the past fiscal year to a program that helps support Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA and the state Department of Agriculture.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Kentucky Department of Education and Department of Agriculture is partnering to give high school students the chance to become certified agricultural pesticide applicators.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will emcee the annual Fancy Farm Picnic this year. The fundraiser for Saint Jerome’s Catholic Church is one of the best known political events in the state.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

Time is running out for dairy farmers in the Ohio Valley to apply for the USDA Margin Protection Program.

Producers in the past have shied away from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Margin Protection Program due to complaints of high costs and low returns. The 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act made several changes to the safety-net program to provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices.

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Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles announced on Facebook new business prospects with Israel on Monday, following the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.  

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is creating a new position devoted to international trade.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner would like to see Kentucky country ham in Japan and beef in China. Commissioner Ryan Quarles said to make that happen he is adding a full-time international marketing position to his department.

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles plans to announce an initiative to combat hunger today.  The Ag Department says Quarles will unveil a program at the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Lexington that creates economic incentives to provide fresh local produce for residents in need.  Quarles formed a statewide Hunger Task Force in 2016 to address the problem at a time when food banks were struggling to keep up with demand.

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Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says Kentucky farmers continue to gain more access to major grocery chains.