Seal of Kentucky WikComFRANKFORT, Ky. (7/7/14) — Sharon Walker Furches of Murray helps guide Kentucky agriculture policy as a member of the Kentucky State Board of Agriculture.

“I see the KSBA role as one of oversight, making sure the regulations involved with production and livestock don’t negatively impact producers or consumers across Kentucky,” Furches said. “No one wants safe, clean, and productive farms more than the farmers themselves, and I want to help the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the KSBA give them the tools to continue that pursuit.”

A board member since 2012, Furches represents Kentucky grain farmers. She and her husband, Tripp, operate Furches Farms Partnership, which was started by Tripp Furches’ father in 1946. Sharon Walker Furches has worked in the farm operation for 33 years and today is office manager for the production agriculture and grain handling operations. Furches is president of Kentucky Women in Agriculture.

Under Kentucky law, the Kentucky State Board of Agriculture advises the state agriculture commissioner and agriculture department. The agriculture commissioner is chairman of the 14-member board, and the dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is vice chair. Nine citizen members are appointed by the governor. The state presidents of FFA, 4-H, and Young Farmers of America are nonvoting members.

“The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture brings a wide variety of experiences and viewpoints to the table,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “I appreciate their opinions and their wise counsel as we work to help Kentucky farmers and agribusinesses succeed.”

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