Agriculture Commissioner James Comer http://wfpl.org en Hal Heiner Expected to Announce Kentucky Gubernatorial Bid http://wfpl.org/post/hal-heiner-expected-announce-kentucky-gubernatorial-bid <p>The 2015 Kentucky gubernatorial contests could see its first official candidate enter the race this week</p><p>Republican Hal Heiner is scheduled to announce his intentions at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning in Lexington with a follow-up in Louisville.</p><p>Heiner is a former Louisville mayoral candidate and Metro Council member who recently launched a new <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/hal-heiner-launches-new-group-elect-state-house-republicans">group dedicated to helping the GOP gain a majority in the state House</a>.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:15:23 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8761 at http://wfpl.org Hal Heiner Expected to Announce Kentucky Gubernatorial Bid Kentucky Officials Send Letter to DEA Urging Hemp Legalization http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-officials-send-letter-dea-urging-hemp-legalization <p>A group of Kentucky officials have sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking for clarity on a state law that would permit the cultivation of industrial hemp.</p><p>Agriculture Commissioner James Comer drafted the letter, which was co-signed by Sen. Rand Paul and Reps. Thomas Massie and John Yarmuth, as well as Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission chairman Brian Furnish.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:42:51 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7713 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Officials Send Letter to DEA Urging Hemp Legalization 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 Kentucky House Ag Committee Chair Blocks Vote on Hemp Bill http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-ag-committee-chair-blocks-vote-hemp-bill <p> FRANKFORT —&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky House Agriculture Committee chairman blocked a vote on the hemp bill on Wednesday morning after a tense exchange with a Republican supporter of the legislation.</span></p><p>The hemp bill would create a regulatory framework in Kentucky, should the federal government legalize it.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:37:20 +0000 Kenny Colston 4226 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House Ag Committee Chair Blocks Vote on Hemp Bill Agriculture Education, New Markets Focused in New 5-Year Strategic Plan http://wfpl.org/post/agriculture-education-new-markets-focused-new-5-year-strategic-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky's agriculture leaders are supporting a new five year strategic plan to help the industry in the state.</span></p><p>The plan, put together by the Kentucky Agriculture Council, puts emphasis on agriculture education, creating new markets and recruiting new people to farming.</p><p>The plan runs through 2018 and has the support of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear also supports the plan, which he says is a extension of the first agriculture strategic plan presented to him five years ago.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:02:03 +0000 Kenny Colston 4073 at http://wfpl.org Agriculture Education, New Markets Focused in New 5-Year Strategic Plan Kentucky State Senate Passes Hemp Bill http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-senate-passes-hemp-bill <p>FRANKFORT —&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Senate has passed a bill aimed at creating a hemp industry in Kentucky, though the bill's future appears to lack the support of key government leaders.</span></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:20:56 +0000 Kenny Colston 4003 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Senate Passes Hemp Bill Hemp Bill Sails Through Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee http://wfpl.org/post/hemp-bill-sails-through-kentucky-senate-agriculture-committee <p>FRANKFORT — After testimony from a bevy of high-level supporters, the state Senate agriculture committee unanimously approved Monday a bill that would establish oversight for Kentucky &nbsp;industrial hemp farmer if hemp were made legal federally.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:22:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 3927 at http://wfpl.org Hemp Bill Sails Through Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee Hemp Gaining Momentum in General Assembly http://wfpl.org/post/hemp-gaining-momentum-general-assembly <p>Support is clearly growing behind Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's efforts for industrial hemp in Kentucky are growing.</p><p>Call it hempmentum.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With <a href="/post/industrial-hemp-gets-new-kentucky-supporter-mitch-mcconnell">last week's endorsement</a> from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Comer now has the majority of Kentucky's federal delegation behind him.</span></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 3760 at http://wfpl.org Hemp Gaining Momentum in General Assembly Kentucky Chamber Joins Hemp Supporters http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-chamber-joins-hemp-supporters <p></p><p>Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has landed a high-profile supporter for his efforts to legalize hemp in Kentucky.</p><p>The state’s largest business group, the Kentucky Chamber, has come out in support of industrial hemp for oil and fiber, provided there is a sound regulatory process.</p><p>Many of the state’s federal lawmakers support the issue as well, including Congressmen Andy Barr, John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie and Senator Rand Paul.</p><p>A bill to legalize hemp was filed in the Kentucky Senate Friday by the&nbsp; agriculture committee chair.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:30:24 +0000 Kenny Colston 3384 at http://wfpl.org Comer Criticizes EPA's Role in Floyds Fork Rehabilitation http://wfpl.org/post/comer-criticizes-epas-role-floyds-fork-rehabilitation <p>Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture is worried that a process to map pollution in the <a href="http://wfpl.org/term/floyds-fork" target="_blank">Floyds Fork </a>watershed could end up having lasting effects on agriculture policy.</p><p>James Comer expressed his concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency on Facebook and in a statewide agriculture newsletter. Here’s what he said<a href="https://www.facebook.com/james.comer.921?ref=ts&amp;fref=ts" target="_blank"> on Facebook:</a></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:07:20 +0000 Erica Peterson 3344 at http://wfpl.org Comer Criticizes EPA's Role in Floyds Fork Rehabilitation