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Longtime farmer and Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) employee Stewart Gritton has announced his candidacy for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, he announced in a news release.
Gritton, a full time Anderson County dairy and tobacco farmer for more than 20 years, recently retired from KDA after more than 15 years of service.
Gritton said growing up with an agriculture background and having spent his entire adult life working in the agriculture sector, has given him a perspective necessary to be the state’s next agriculture commissioner, according to a news release.
“I have seen the challenges farmers face each day having faced them myself and I feel the next agriculture commissioner needs that experience,” he said.
“I’ve devoted my working life to farming and addressing the issues that surround the industry. I feel my experience gives me the qualifications and abilities to lead Kentucky’s agriculture community.”
Gritton also said that as the country and the world depend more and more on fewer food producers, guaranteeing a safe, healthy local food economy is paramount to the well being of people everywhere.
“Kentucky enjoys an array of family farms that have endured change and diversity to meet the need of safe food production for our local communities, our state and our nation,” he said.
“It’s important that we keep that trend moving forward not only to feed our citizens but to feed our local economies.
“Through new and existing programs such as Kentucky Proud, I know we can maintain our strong presence in the world’s agriculture industry.”
Gritton is the father of two children, daughter Stephanie and son Ashley, and grandfather of three, Chelsea, Sydney and Adam.
To follow Gritton’s campaign, go to www.stewartgritton.com or contact Stewart by e-mail at email@example.com.