|Address||113 Cedar Ridge |
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, United States
|| August 25, 1969
|Contributor||Not in Public Domain|
Nov 28, 2012 06:46pm
|Info|| Richie Farmer was elected Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture in November, 2003. He was sworn into office in January, 2004. |
Since taking office, Commissioner Farmer has fought vigorously on behalf of Kentucky's consumers and for Kentucky's agriculture industry. In the most recent session of the Kentucky General Assembly, Commissioner Farmer spearheaded an effort to protect Kentucky motorists by persuading the legislature to fund a new motor fuel quality laboratory. Commissioner Farmer has been vocal in representing the interests of Kentucky's citizens to Federal lawmakers and officials and has worked with agriculture leaders to expand Kentucky's agricultural exports. He has also overseen an expansion of the Department's Kentucky Proud marketing program, which is helping to increase the size of markets for Kentucky farm products.
Born in Clay County, Kentucky on Aug. 25, 1969, he is the second of Virginia and Richard Farmer's three children. Before taking office, Commissioner Farmer worked as an investment advisor in Clay County. He lives in Frankfort with his wife Rebecca and their three sons, Trey, Thomas and Tate.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Commissioner Farmer earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management. He was also a standout player for the UK basketball Wildcats under Coach Rick Pitino.
Over the years, Commissioner Farmer has given his time to such charitable organizations as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Children's Miracle Network, American Cancer Society, and Kicks for Kids.