Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Commissioner-Elect Quarles Names Keith Rogers Chief of Staff

Commissioner of Agriculture Elect Ryan Quarles announced Monday that Keith Rogers of Glendale, KY will serve as his Chief of Staff after being sworn into office in January.

“When I began to consider who should serve as Chief of Staff, one name consistently rose to the top,” said Quarles, a Republican from Georgetown.  “Keith Rogers is beyond qualified for this position and I am excited about him joining my administration.”

Rogers has a long career in Kentucky Agriculture.  Since 2008, he has served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, raising money and managing the financial operations of over 60 4-H programs, and the investment assets of the 4-H Foundation.

Before joining the Foundation, Rogers served four years as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy and CEO of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation and Kentucky Tobacco Settlement Trust Corporation.

From 1997 to 2003, Rogers served as District Director for Congressman Ron Lewis and as Senior Legislative Assistant for Agriculture and Natural Resources on his Washington staff from 1995 – 1997.

Rogers has also served as the President of the Kentucky Poultry Federation, a member of the State Board of Agriculture, the State Egg Marketing Board, the Kentucky Agricultural Resources Development Authority, and as the Chairman of the Kentucky Agricultural Council.

Rogers also farmed in Hardin County, near Sonora.  His operation included row crops, poultry, beef cattle, and tobacco. A longtime Farm Bureau member, Rogers served as President of the Hardin County Farm Bureau, Chairman of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee, and Chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher Committee.

“It is an honor and privilege to join Commissioner-elect Quarles as he leads Kentucky Agriculture and the department,” said Rogers.  “I look forward to serving Kentucky’s farm families and the opportunity to help our new Commissioner build upon the successes our agricultural community has achieved in recent years.”