Kentucky Department of Agriculture http://wfpl.org en What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy? http://wfpl.org/post/what-role-can-hemp-play-kentuckys-future-ag-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ROCKCASTLE COUNTY,&nbsp;Ky. — It’s a cool, overcast afternoon at Gaining Grounds Farm, about 60 miles south of Lexington</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. About 90 people, many of them veterans, farmers, or a combination thereof, are seated under a makeshift tent, taking refuge from a light rain that’s drizzling Gaining Ground's undulating 425 acres.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:23:15 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9455 at http://wfpl.org What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy? State Auction of Richie Farmer's Guns and Knives Raises $21,500 http://wfpl.org/post/state-auction-richie-farmers-guns-and-knives-raises-21500 <p>FRANKFORT — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources raised more than $21,500 for charity on Monday by auctioning off the 29 guns and knives that lead to the imprisonment of former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer.</p><p>Farmer used state money to purchase the items as gifts at a 2008 conference when he was agriculture commissioner. But he kept many of the items for himself. Farmer is now serving a 27 month sentence in federal prison on government corruption charges.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 18:46:02 +0000 Associated Press 9274 at http://wfpl.org State Auction of Richie Farmer's Guns and Knives Raises $21,500 Richie Farmer's Path From Kentucky Wildcats Star to Politics to Prison http://wfpl.org/post/richie-farmers-path-kentucky-wildcats-star-politics-prison <p>As the University of Kentucky Wildcats prepare for their NCAA&nbsp; basketball tournament showdown with Louisville on Friday, one of the most popular players from UK’s storied past is reporting to federal prison.</p><p>Richie Farmer is scheduled to begin serving a 27-month sentence Tuesday at a <a href="http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/haz/">facility in West Virginia</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner pleaded guilty last year to corruption charges related to his two terms in that office.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 8963 at http://wfpl.org Richie Farmer's Path From Kentucky Wildcats Star to Politics to Prison Richie Farmer to be Sentenced This Week in Corruption Case http://wfpl.org/post/richie-farmer-be-sentenced-week-corruption-case <p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer will find out this week how much time he’ll have to spend in prison for misappropriating government resources while in office.</p><p>Farmer pleaded guilty to two corruption-related counts in September and could spend about two years behind bars.</p><p>Federal prosecutors say that, among other things, Farmer used agriculture department employees to peform personal tasks and put friends on the department payroll who did little or no work.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 8204 at http://wfpl.org Richie Farmer to be Sentenced This Week in Corruption Case Kentucky's 'Homegrown by Heroes' Program Goes Nationwide http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-homegrown-heroes-program-goes-nationwide <p>Among the litany of conscious-consumer labels like “certified organic” and “fair trade,” you might already be familiar with the Kentucky-specific “Homegrown by Heroes.” That logo tells you, for example, that the jar of Eastern Kentucky sorghum was produced by farmers who served in America’s armed forces.</p><p>Monday, the national Farmer Veteran Coalition adopted this marketing strategy, logo and all, from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture so that shoppers across the country can support veterans who work the land.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:18:48 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7514 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's 'Homegrown by Heroes' Program Goes Nationwide Former Ag Department Employees Settle Ethics Cases http://wfpl.org/post/former-ag-department-employees-settle-ethics-cases <p>The state Executive Branch Ethics Commission has handed down public reprimands and fines to three former employees in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.</p><p>The panel took the action on Monday against Bruce Harper of Harrodsburg, Chris Parsons of Mount Vernon and George "Doug" Begley of London.</p><p>Harper agreed to pay a $4,500 fine for soliciting donations from businesses his agency regulated and for attempting to interfere with enforcement actions in cases involving grain storage and disposal of dead animals.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 00:22:29 +0000 Associated Press 5477 at http://wfpl.org Ag Commissioner James Comer: Indictment of Richie Farmer Won't Affect Department http://wfpl.org/post/ag-commissioner-james-comer-indictment-richie-farmer-wont-affect-department <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal indictment of former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer won't become a problem for the Department of Agriculture, Farmer's successor said on Monday.</span></p><p>James Comer, who took over the office in 2011,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">and his office say they have helped with the multiple investigations of Farmer's tenure as agriculture commissioner—including those conducted by the state auditor, attorney general or others.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:17:35 +0000 Kenny Colston 5088 at http://wfpl.org Ag Commissioner James Comer: Indictment of Richie Farmer Won't Affect Department Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Closes Fuel Testing Lab Started by Richie Farmer http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-agriculture-commissioner-james-comer-closes-fuel-testing-lab-started-richie-farmer <p></p><p>An expensive fuel lab run by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is being shut down to save the state money.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The lab was meant to test the quality of fuel from pumps across the state. It was the brainchild of former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who promised other states would eventually sign contracts with the lab and generate significant revenue.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those contracts never materialized—and so far and the lab has been a money guzzler.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 19:40:23 +0000 Kenny Colston 4814 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Closes Fuel Testing Lab Started by Richie Farmer Study Says Demand for Local Food Outpaces Supply in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/study-says-demand-local-food-outpaces-supply-louisville <p>A new survey suggests demand for local food in Louisville exceeds the current supply.</p><p>The preliminary results of a study commissioned by local nonprofit and food advocate Seed Capital Kentucky show that Jefferson County residents are already knowingly buying local food—and would buy even more if given the chance.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:32:47 +0000 Erica Peterson 1722 at http://wfpl.org Study Says Demand for Local Food Outpaces Supply in Louisville Drought Conditions Could Affect Honeybee Colonies http://wfpl.org/post/drought-conditions-could-affect-honeybee-colonies <p>The drought that’s been plaguing areas of Kentucky and Indiana for much of the summer could end up having an effect on honeybee colonies, too.</p><p>Sean Burgess is Kentucky’s state apiarist. He says this time of year is critical for bee colonies, because it’s when they harvest nectar to make the honey that nourishes them through the winter.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1504 at http://wfpl.org Drought Conditions Could Affect Honeybee Colonies