James Comer http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Says DEA Will Issue Permit for Hemp Seeds, Avoiding Court Action http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-agriculture-commissioner-says-dea-will-issue-permit-hemp-seeds-avoiding-court-action <p><strong>Update: </strong>Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has told <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2014/05/13/3240548/if-hemp-seeds-are-not-released.html">the Herald-Leader that the Drug Enforcement Administration will release the hemp seeds.</a> Comer expects a permit to be issued for the release of the seeds by the end of the week, the Lexington newspaper reported.</p><p><strong>Earlier:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is preparing to go to federal court to force the release of 250 pounds of hemp seeds.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:14:42 +0000 Lisa Autry | Kentucky Public Radio 9335 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Says DEA Will Issue Permit for Hemp Seeds, Avoiding Court Action Up Front TV: Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer on Hemp, GOP's Future, Felon Voting Rights http://wfpl.org/post/front-tv-kentucky-ag-commissioner-james-comer-hemp-gops-future-felon-voting-rights <p>Many see state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer as the rising star in the Kentucky Republican party. His name is frequently floated as a candidate for Governor in 2015. We spoke about his push for hemp, a dating violence bill he supports in the general assembly, and the economic future of Eastern Kentucky.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:53:09 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8493 at http://wfpl.org Up Front TV: Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer on Hemp, GOP's Future, Felon Voting Rights Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Praises Hemp Provision in Federal Farm Bill http://wfpl.org/post/agriculture-commissioner-james-comer-praises-hemp-provision-federal-farm-bill <p>Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is praising a provision in the U.S. farm bill that would allow <a href="/term/industrial-hemp">hemp cultivation </a>at state universities.</p><p>Language in the federal legislation would permit state-level hemp growth if they've passed legislation allowing it on the state level. Kentucky passed such legislation last year.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was integral in getting the language in the bill, Comer says.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8393 at http://wfpl.org Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Praises Hemp Provision in Federal Farm Bill More Kentucky Proud Purchases Would Add Up for State's Farmers, Ag Commissioner Says http://wfpl.org/post/more-kentucky-proud-purchases-would-add-states-farmers-ag-commissioner-says <p>Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is asking Kentuckians to spend at least 10 percent of their food dollars this year on Kentucky Proud items.</p><p>Kentucky Proud goods are grown or produced in the state. And Comer says his suggestion would generate about $500 million for Kentucky farms and agriculture-related businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>Jackson Rolett sells produce under the Kentucky Proud label at the Community Farmer’s Market in Bowling Green. The indoor market allows people to buy locally during the winter. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:36:58 +0000 Lisa Autry | Kentucky Public Radio 8301 at http://wfpl.org More Kentucky Proud Purchases Would Add Up for State's Farmers, Ag Commissioner Says Attorney General Jack Conway: Industrial Hemp is Still Illegal in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/attorney-general-jack-conway-industrial-hemp-still-illegal-kentucky <p>Attorney General Jack Conway is advising Kentucky leaders that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky.</p><p>Conway issued an advisory letter Wednesday to Gov. Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and others to clarify current law related to hemp.</p><p>The opinion from Conway does not carry the force of law.</p><p>Kentucky lawmakers have <a href="/post/amended-hemp-bill-passes-kentucky-legislature-comer-ok-result">passed legislation that would allow farmers to grow the crop</a> if the federal government lifts a longstanding ban.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:48:32 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 6976 at http://wfpl.org Attorney General Jack Conway: Industrial Hemp is Still Illegal in Kentucky Rand Paul, James Comer to Notify Justice Department That Hemp Permits May Start in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-james-comer-notify-justice-department-hemp-permits-may-start-kentucky <p>Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer are playing a game of chicken with the federal government over the growing of industrial hemp in the state.</p><p>Encouraged by the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission, Comer and Paul plan to draft a letter to U.S. Department of Justice indicating that Kentucky will proceed with adopting regulations and issuing permits for farmers to begin planting the controversial crop as early as next February, unless they are told otherwise.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:14:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6816 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul, James Comer to Notify Justice Department That Hemp Permits May Start in Kentucky James Comer, Thomas Massie Lobby for Hemp in Washington, D.C. http://wfpl.org/post/james-comer-thomas-massie-lobby-hemp-washington-dc <p>Two Kentucky elected officials made the case for industrial hemp Tuesday at a briefing in Washington, D.C., in an effort to lobby Congress to legalize the plant for commercial production.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:02:04 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6793 at http://wfpl.org James Comer, Thomas Massie Lobby for Hemp in Washington, D.C. Comer Hopeful That Federal Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Provision http://wfpl.org/post/comer-hopeful-federal-farm-bill-will-include-hemp-provision <p></p><p>Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says a recent legislative setback shouldn't cause hemp supporters to give up hopes of getting the crop legalized. James Comer says he's not surprised that language legalizing industrial hemp wasn’t added to the first drafts of farm bills in the U.S. House and Senate.</p><p>Last week, a group of Kentucky U.S. Senators and House members tried--and failed--to get the provision included in the legislation.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:49:59 +0000 Kevin Willis | Kentucky Public Radio 5484 at http://wfpl.org Comer Hopeful That Federal Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Provision Update: Romney Campaign Representative Will Speak at Fancy Farm http://wfpl.org/post/update-romney-campaign-representative-will-speak-fancy-farm <p><em>Update: Picnic emcee and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says, despite claims from Fancy Farm officials, no surrogate has been named. This story has been modified.</em></p><p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will send a surrogate to this year&rsquo;s Fancy Farm Picnic.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:23:52 +0000 Kenny Colston 1048 at http://wfpl.org