farm bill http://wfpl.org en 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 Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians http://wfpl.org/post/food-stamp-benefits-decrease-nearly-870000-kentuckians <p>Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits as federal recovery dollars dry up.</p><p>As of next month, eligible Kentucky households will experience&nbsp;on average&nbsp;a 5.5 percent reduction in food stamps.</p><p>The effects on those families ranges from about $20 to $36 per month, depending upon household size, said Mark&nbsp;Cornett, deputy commissioner in the Health and Family Services Cabinet.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 7323 at http://wfpl.org Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians Beshear Asks Feds to Look Into Economic Benefits of Hemp http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-asks-feds-look-economic-benefits-hemp <p>Gov. Steve Beshear is asking federal officials to look into whether industrial hemp could be grown in Kentucky without hindering drug eradication efforts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year that lays the groundwork for hemp farming if the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were to lift restrictions on the crop.</span></p><p>Beshear allowed the bill to become law without his signature, saying he shared concerns raised by law enforcement about how industrial hemp could be used to hide an illegal marijuana crop. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:39:16 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 5734 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Asks Feds to Look Into Economic Benefits of Hemp 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 Wendell Berry Advocates for 50-Year Farm Bill at Local Conference http://wfpl.org/post/wendell-berry-advocates-50-year-farm-bill-local-conference <p>Kentucky poet and farmer Wendell Berry advocated for a 50-Year farm bill at the 13<sup>th</sup> annual<a href="http://www.healthyfoodslocalfarmsconference.org/" target="_blank"> Healthy Food, Local Farms Conference</a> this past weekend.</p><p>Farm bills are usually passed by Congress every five years. But Berry says a longer-term 50-year farm bill would be more beneficial to the environment.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:48:46 +0000 Colleen Stewart 2024 at http://wfpl.org Wendell Berry Advocates for 50-Year Farm Bill at Local Conference