August PIP to feature Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles

Published Monday, July 16, 2018 4:00 pm

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will be the featured speaker for the August Power in Partnership breakfast of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast will be held on Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 a.m. at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. Mercy Health is the sponsor.  

 At the age of 34, Commissioner Ryan Quarles is the youngest statewide elected official in the country.

He was elected Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture in 2015. Under his leadership, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) started several new programs, including initiatives to combat hunger and connect Kentucky farmers to new markets. As a result of his Kentucky Hunger Initiative, Kentucky now has the strongest food donation immunity law in the country. His leadership on international trade issues saw the resumption of live equine exports to China, a decision that benefits all sectors of Kentucky’s agricultural economy from horse breeders to feed producers. While Commissioner, he has also supported the expansion of Kentucky’s diverse agricultural portfolio to include industrial hemp, kenaf, and hops.

On the national level, Commissioner Quarles serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

Quarles graduated from the University of Kentucky with three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees. In 2008, he was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University, where he studied higher education, government, and law. After graduating with a Master’s degree in higher education, he returned home to finish his last year of law school at the University of Kentucky. In 2018, he graduated from Vanderbilt University with his doctorate in higher education.


Below are the details of the breakfast:

When: Thursday, August 2, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Where: Julian M. Carroll Convention Center, Ohio Room

Speaker: Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles

Sponsor:  Mercy Health

Cost: $15 for Chamber members; $25 for non-Chamber members


If you are not a Power Card holder, please make your reservations by noon on Tuesday, July 31, at, email to or call 270-443-1746.

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