Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer http://wfpl.org en Challenging Eastern Kentucky Leaders, Ag Commissioner James Comer Says It's Time to Look Beyond Coal http://wfpl.org/post/challenging-eastern-kentucky-leaders-ag-commissioner-james-comer-says-its-time-look-beyond-coal <p>Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is challenging leaders in eastern Kentucky to accept the decline of coal production and invest in a new economy to help pull the region out of poverty.</p><p>"A lot of leaders in Eastern Kentucky keep talking about ‘coal is the answer and there is a war on coal.’ I’m a friend of coal. I support the coal industry. But the coal industry’s future doesn't look bright and we have to look beyond that and learn to develop a new economy in Eastern Kentucky," he says.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:29:54 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7562 at http://wfpl.org Challenging Eastern Kentucky Leaders, Ag Commissioner James Comer Says It's Time to Look Beyond Coal U.S. Senator Rand Paul Shoots Down Kentucky Attorney General Opinion on Hemp Production http://wfpl.org/post/us-senator-rand-paul-shoots-down-kentucky-attorney-general-opinion-hemp-production <p>U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., disagrees with Attorney General Jack Conway&#39;s<a href="/post/attorney-general-jack-conway-industrial-hemp-still-illegal-kentucky"> opinion that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky.</a></p><p>Earlier this year state lawmakers <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/amended-hemp-bill-passes-kentucky-legislature-comer-ok-result">passed a bill allowing farmers to grow the crop</a> if the federal government lifts a longstanding ban.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:59:45 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6980 at http://wfpl.org U.S. Senator Rand Paul Shoots Down Kentucky Attorney General Opinion on Hemp Production Ag Commissioner: Business Interest in Kentucky Industrial Hemp Stronger Than Study Suggests http://wfpl.org/post/ag-commissioner-business-interest-kentucky-industrial-hemp-stronger-study-suggests <p>Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the economic case for industrial&nbsp;hemp remains strong, despite a new study that paints a mixed picture.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">James Comer says he still has high hopes for the crop, following the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">release of the University of Kentucky study that says the legalization&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of hemp wouldn't immediately produce the thousands of jobs some supporters</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have predicted.</span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:53:18 +0000 Kevin Willis|Kentucky Public Radio 6612 at http://wfpl.org Ag Commissioner: Business Interest in Kentucky Industrial Hemp Stronger Than Study Suggests McConnell Looking at 'All the Options' to Legalize Hemp Production in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-looking-all-options-legalize-hemp-production-kentucky <p></p><p>Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says he plans to do his part to help the commonwealth’s farmers eventually grow industrial hemp.</p><p>Republican Leader&nbsp;Mitch McConnell says he and fellow Senator Rand Paul met with state Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer last week as Comer toured Washington to drum-up for support for legalizing the crop.</p><p>McConnell declined to gauge the possible success of comer’s lobbying efforts…</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 19:05:17 +0000 Chuck Mraz | Kentucky Public Radio 5404 at http://wfpl.org McConnell Looking at 'All the Options' to Legalize Hemp Production in Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer Says Hemp-Promoting Trip to Washington Was A Success http://wfpl.org/post/ag-commissioner-james-comer-says-hemp-promoting-trip-washington-was-success <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A trio of&nbsp;</span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;who favor the legalization of hemp says a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with lawmakers and executive branch officials was beneficial.</span></p> Sun, 12 May 2013 10:59:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 5342 at http://wfpl.org Ag Commissioner James Comer Says Hemp-Promoting Trip to Washington Was A Success Ag Commissioner James Comer Heading to Washington to Talk Hemp http://wfpl.org/post/ag-commissioner-james-comer-heading-washington-talk-hemp <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is finalizing details for an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., to try and get a federal waiver for industrial hemp.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Earlier this year, Kentucky lawmakers<a href="/post/amended-hemp-bill-passes-kentucky-legislature-comer-ok-result"> passed a bill setting up a regulatory framework for hemp growing in Kentucky.</a>&nbsp;Comer promises to work at the federal level for legalization or a waiver.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:17:46 +0000 Kenny Colston 5097 at http://wfpl.org Ag Commissioner James Comer Heading to Washington to Talk Hemp 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 Amended Hemp Bill Passes Kentucky Legislature; Comer OK With Result http://wfpl.org/post/amended-hemp-bill-passes-kentucky-legislature-comer-ok-result <p></p><p>Kentucky lawmakers have achieved a compromise that would set up a regulatory framework should the federal government legalize industrial hemp.</p><p>The so-called hemp bill—Senate Bill 50—gives control of licensing of future hemp farmers to the Industrial Hemp Commission, but allow the Kentucky State Police to do background checks on the farmers.</p><p>The state Department of Agriculture would be given many administrative roles for licensing hemp farmers and the University of Kentucky would be charged with researching the issue.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:26:28 +0000 Kenny Colston & Rae Hodge 4693 at http://wfpl.org Amended Hemp Bill Passes Kentucky Legislature; Comer OK With Result Kentucky Hemp Supporters Blast Amendment Calling for Further Study http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-hemp-supporters-blast-amendment-calling-further-study <p>Kentucky's industrial hemp supporters lashed out Thursday against a last-minute amendment to the hemp bill that's been under consideration this year in the&nbsp;General Assembly.</p><p>State Rep. Rocky Adkins, a Sandy Hook Democrat and the majority floor leader, has proposed an amendment turning the Senate-approve hemp bill into a five year study. It also gives the licensing responsibilities to Kentucky State Police, which argues that legalized hemp would harm law enforcement efforts to target hemp's cousin, marijuana.</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:14:49 +0000 Kenny Colston 4598 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Hemp Supporters Blast Amendment Calling for Further Study