A message from the Commissioner

Jonathan is a fifth generation farmer. He, alongside his dad Gary, owns and operates Shell Farms and Greenhouses in Garrard County. They grow flowers, corn and pumpkins and raise cattle. Jonathan was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2012, becoming the youngest member of the General Assembly. Before the 2016 election, he was tapped by Republican leadership to spearhead candidate recruitment. Through Jonathan’s successful efforts, Kentucky elected its first Republican House Majority in nearly 100 years. The following year, Jonathan’s colleagues elected him Kentucky’s first-ever Republican House Majority Floor Leader. Jonathan developed and executed legislative strategies to pass policies into law that focused on job creation, support for farmers and cracking down on opioid traffickers.

Commissioner Johnathan Shell

Sunshine classes

Sunshine classes for special need youths

The Sunshine Class offers an opportunity for individuals with special needs to work in a show ring at the Kentucky State Fair.


VSWG Report

Veterinary Shortage Working Group Report

On behalf of the Veterinary Shortage Working Group (VSWG) members, I am pleased to provide this report.

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy

The Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy provides staff support to the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation.


Pesticide Testing Schedule

Pesticide Training and Testing

This Division is responsible for regulating the registration, sale, distribution, proper use, storage, disposal, and application of pesticides in Kentucky. Click here for more information on Pesticide Training and Testing.