FRANKFORT – Brian Lacefield, of Versailles, has been named the new director of the Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced today.
The Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy is the new name for the former Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy after Senate Bill 3 shifted responsibilities for the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund from the governor’s office to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
“Brian Lacefield is well-respected in Kentucky’s agricultural community and has years of agribusiness and investment experience that makes him the perfect fit to lead the Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy,” Quarles said. “Brian will be a strong asset for the KDA as we implement Senate Bill 3 and move the management from the Governor’s Office to the Department of Agriculture.”
“I am honored to be named to this position by Commissioner Quarles,” Lacefield said. “I look forward to working with board members to uphold the great tradition of innovation and excellence at the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. There is tremendous opportunity to strengthen and diversify our agricultural economy and I am excited to hit the ground running.”
Lacefield most recently served as the Kentucky State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), where he directed and administered FSA programs and managed staff across the state. Prior to joining the Trump administration, Lacefield served in various roles in the agriculture industry, most recently as market president at Trigg County FNB Bank. He has also worked as chief financial officer of Agri-Chem and general manager for Commonwealth Agri-Finance, both divisions of Hopkinsville Elevator Cooperative. He served as vice president of agriculture and commercial banking with Planters Bank and as an area extension specialist with the University of Kentucky Farm Business Management Program.