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Deputy State Vet Keough Takes USDA Job
Kentucky Ag Connection - 01/15/2020

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced that Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) Deputy State Veterinarian Dr. Bradley Keough will be taking a new opportunity with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in March. The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture, which has the power to hire a replacement, will meet tomorrow for its first meeting in Hardin County.

"I would like to thank Deputy State Veterinarian Dr. Bradley Keough for serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky in this capacity," Quarles said. "He has not only served Kentucky, but also the nation in his capacity as a member of the United States Army. I am grateful for his service to both the Commonwealth and the country. He has been indispensable to the Department in fulfilling our mandate to prevent livestock and agricultural animal disease throughout the state. I look forward to following the work of the State Board of Agriculture as they start the search process for his replacement."

Dr. Keough was appointed Deputy State Veterinarian by the State Board of Agriculture in 2013. Prior to his appointment as deputy state veterinarian, Dr. Keough served as president of Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services in Versailles. A Lieutenant Colonel in the 7304th Medical Training Battalion, Dr. Keough has completed three deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has served in numerous countries in the Middle East and Africa as well as the Dominican Republic and Peru.

"I am grateful to the State Board of Agriculture for allowing me to serve as Kentucky's Deputy State Veterinarian," Dr. Keough said. "I have enjoyed my time working alongside State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Stout and the entire KDA team for the last 7 years. I have full confidence in the State Board of Agriculture's ability to find a qualified candidate to fill this position going forward."

The State Board of Agriculture is comprised of farmer-representatives who are responsible for hiring the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's state veterinarian and deputy state veterinarian. The board members are Quarles, Dr. Rick Bennett, Ben Pinkston, Mark Thomas, Calvin Andries, Micah Clinton Lester, Robert Coleman James II, Jed Ray Clark, Billy Glenn Turpin, Anthony James Cowherd, Mark Andrew Reding, Daniel Hayden, Mary E. Bach, Rebecca Lynn Brady, Louie Rivers Jr., Eddie A. Melton, and Adam Lambert Hinton.


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