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Quarles, Spann compete for job of agriculture commissioner

Quarles, Spann compete for job of agriculture commissioner

Bill Stephens

October 19th, 2015

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Kentucky’s candidates for agriculture commissioner tout their rural pedigrees as proof they understand the needs of farmers. Both want to boost exports, promote agriculture in schools, expand marketing of Kentucky-grown foods and nurture a budding hemp industry.

But sharp differences have emerged as Republican Ryan Quarles and Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann compete for the job of running the Department of Agriculture in a state with a diversified farm economy.

They are vying in the Nov. 3 election to succeed first-term Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

Spann supports putting labels on genetically modified foods.

Quarles says Kentucky shouldn’t adopt its own labeling program, but instead should wait for a uniform national policy.

 

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