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Gordon and Terrell named to state agriculture department


For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 16, 2016
For more information contact:
Angela Blank
(502) 573-0450


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced the addition of two employees at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

Commissioner Quarles named Elizabeth Gordon director of the Division of Agriculture Education, Farm Safety, and Farmland Preservation; and Lance Terrell as a special assistant to the Commissioner’s Office.

Gordon comes to the KDA after five years with the Legislative Research Commission, where she worked as a policy analyst in the Kentucky House of Representatives’ Republican Leadership Office.

“Elizabeth served as lead analyst for the Republican caucus’ Agriculture and Small Business, Education, and Banking and Insurance committees,” Commissioner Quarles said. “We’re extremely pleased to have her join our KDA team.”

Gordon was born and raised on a five-generation grain farm in rural Champaign County, Illinois. She is a former FFA member who graduated from the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics.

Following college, Gordon worked for the Farm Service Agency, where she assisted local farmers and agricultural partners by analyzing and implementing the ACRE (Average Crop Revenue Election) and SURE (Supplemental Revenue assistance payments) programs.

Terrell, a native Kentuckian, also graduated from UK with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and political science. Terrell served on the UK College Republicans’ Executive Board for all but one semester, including chairman during his senior year. He will serve as special assistant to the Commissioner’s Office.

“We are excited to have Lance on board,” Commissioner Quarles said. “He will be working on an array of projects for the department and with his experience is a great addition to our team.”