Quarles, Spann compete for job of agriculture commissioner

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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