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|Rhode Island Commissioner of Agriculture|
|Years in position||16|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||May 8, 1998|
|Appointed by||DEM Director Andy McLeod|
|Bachelor's||University of Rhode Island (1983)|
|Master's||University of Rhode Island (1985)|
Prior to his appointment, Ayars worked for the state's farm ecology section for eight years, assisting farmers with regulatory, zoning, and land use issues. He previously supervised the state's pesticide section, after working as a field inspector in the pesticide and animal health sections of the Division of Agriculture and Resource Marketing of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
- 1983: Bachelor of Science degree, University of Rhode Island (URI), Agriculture, Resource technology, Zoology
- 1985: Master of Science degree, majoring in plant science, University of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Commissioner of Agriculture (1998-Present)
McLeod stated, "Ken Ayars is committed to agriculture in Rhode Island and to making the role of DEM in farming a very positive one, both economically and environmentally. Ken has a passion for agriculture and an impressive background in helping farmers increase production and protect the environment. Most Rhode Island farmers have worked with Ken, and will be pleased to learn of his appointment."
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