State’s former Farm Services director gets new Ag Policy role

FRANKFORT (WTVQ) A Versailles man has been named director of the Kentucky Office of Agriculture Policy.

Brian Lacefield was announced Monday as the new directory.

Lacefield is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he gained a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and a master’s degree in agriculture.

He holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Florida. Lacefield and his wife, Michelle, live in Versailles with their two children, Brianne and Braden.

Lacefield most recently served as the Kentucky State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, 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.

Over the past decade, he has served nonprofits and charitable organizations in his communities including Cadiz Rotary, the United Way of the Pennyrile and the Hopkinsville Farmers Market.

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.

Lacefield has been a board member for the Kentucky Retail Federation, Kentucky Corn Growers, Kentucky FFA Foundation, and the Kentucky Ag Leadership Program.

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.

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