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Commissioner Quarles praises USDA appointees McKinney and Clovis


New under secretaries for trade and research announced


For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 20, 2017
For more information contact:
Sean Southard
(502) 782-9253


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles praised President Donald J. Trump’s selection of Ted McKinney and Dr. Sam Clovis to be under secretaries at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“I am pleased to see President Trump delivering on his promise to place experienced leaders at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has done Kentucky’s farm families a tremendous service by naming Ted McKinney as Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and Dr. Sam Clovis as Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Created in 2014, the position of Under Secretary for Trade was left vacant during the last administration. Filling these positions with top-notch agricultural leaders proves the Trump administration and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are listening to the needs of the agricultural community.”