FRANKFORT – Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, Democratic Nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, announced that she will locate a Kentucky Department of Agriculture regional office in Eastern Kentucky.
“Eastern Kentucky is such an important part of Kentucky Agriculture and, based on the distance from Frankfort, I am committing today to put a KDA office in Eastern Kentucky,” said Lawson Spann. “It is critical that our agriculture communities in Eastern Kentucky be connected by an office and a high-level member of our KDA Team to facilitate the flow of information between Eastern Kentucky and the KDA.”
Paul Patton, former Governor of Kentucky, said, “I am delighted to learn that Jean-Marie Lawson Spann will open a regional office of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in Eastern Kentucky when she is elected Commissioner of Agriculture. Eastern Kentucky has lost a lot of jobs because of the decline of the coal industry. Specialty Agriculture can be one of the activities which can help make up for this job loss. For agricultural activity centered on small plots and specialty crops to prosper in the mountains we will need hands-on assistance and instruction which can only be provided by a presence in the region. Jean-Marie, a bright, energetic and experienced expert in agriculture who I know very well, can provide the leadership needed to make this assistance work for the benefit of our people. I compliment Jean-Marie for her insight and leadership. I look forward to working with her when she takes office.”
Billy Ray Smith, former Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, said, “This is a great announcement for Eastern Kentucky. I compliment Jean-Marie on this decision! Because of the importance of Eastern Kentucky Agriculture to the entire Kentucky Economy, I encouraged this decision. I am proud to be part of this announcement.”
Larry Clay, farm manager of D & D Farms in Perry County and former president of the Kentucky Cattleman’s Association, said, “Having a Regional Office of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in Eastern Kentucky is a good thing for our farmers and agribusinesses. This will help the Eastern Kentucky Economy!”
Jean-Marie said that no decision had been made on where the office will be located but that it will be convenient to all citizens of Eastern Kentucky and that the staff will be very active in attending agriculture events, visiting farms and agribusinesses, communicating with local county and legislative officials, and keeping the entire Kentucky Department of Agriculture involved in growing the Eastern Kentucky Economy!
Jean-Marie said that she would announce, in further detail, her plans to grow the Eastern Kentucky Agriculture economy over the next few weeks. She said there is already much detail on her website, http://Jean-MarieforKYAg.com, about her plans to have a focus on growing opportunities for Eastern Kentucky Agriculture. Jean-Marie said, “Over one in every five jobs in Kentucky is related to Kentucky Agriculture. We are convinced that Kentucky Agriculture can be a leading force in growing the entire Kentucky Economy and we will explore every opportunity that we can identify.”