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Kentucky Department of Agriculture promotes 4 to management positions

New hires also announced

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2017) — Four Kentucky Department of Agriculture employees have been promoted to management positions in the KDA’s marketing office.


  • Chris Caudill was named director of the Shows and Fairs Division. His team provides leadership and support for more than 100 district, state, and national livestock shows and sales. The division awards in excess of $1 million in premiums at these events and also supports more than 100 county fairs.
  • John Chism was named director of the Livestock Division. In addition to Chism’s continued role of leading the Market News services, he will lead a division that helps livestock producers find new marketing opportunities.
  • Tyler Madison was named Grape, Wine and Spirits Program Manager. Along with facilitating grant and promotional efforts on behalf of the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council, Madison will be a key resource for Kentucky’s craft beer and bourbon industries.
  • Sharon Spencer was named director of the Direct Farm Marketing Division. Spencer will continue to coordinate the KDA’s farmers’ market and CSA (community-supported agriculture) programs and will manage the agritourism program.

The department also hired Chad Smith to serve as director of the Promotion and Development Division and Ben Conner as special projects coordinator.

Elizabeth Gordon will continue as director of the Education & Outreach Division and Brent Burchett will remain as director of the Plant Division.