Kenneth Ayars

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Kenneth Ayars
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Rhode Island Commissioner of Agriculture
In office
May 1998-Present
Years in position 17
Base salary$108,460
Elections and appointments
AppointedMay 8, 1998
Appointed byDEM Director Andy McLeod
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Rhode Island (1983)
Master'sUniversity of Rhode Island (1985)
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Kenneth Ayars is the current Chief of the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture. Ayars was appointed in May 1998 by then Director Andy McLeod.[1]


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.[1] 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).[1]


  • 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[1]

Political career

Rhode Island Commissioner of Agriculture (1998-Present)

Ayars has served as Rhode Island Commissioner of Agriculture since 1998.[2]



Ayars was appointed as Rhode Island Commissioner of Agriculture in May 1998 by then Director of Environmental Management Andy McLeod.[1]

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."[2]

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Rhode Island Commissioner of Agriculture
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