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8:30 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Praises Hemp Provision in Federal Farm Bill

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is praising a provision in the U.S. farm bill that would allow hemp cultivation at state universities.

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.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was integral in getting the language in the bill, Comer says.

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5:30 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians

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Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits as federal recovery dollars dry up.

As of next month, eligible Kentucky households will experience on average a 5.5 percent reduction in food stamps.

The effects on those families ranges from about $20 to $36 per month, depending upon household size, said Mark Cornett, deputy commissioner in the Health and Family Services Cabinet.

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3:39 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Beshear Asks Feds to Look Into Economic Benefits of Hemp

Gov. Steve Beshear is asking federal officials to look into whether industrial hemp could be grown in Kentucky without hindering drug eradication efforts.

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.

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.    

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11:49 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Comer Hopeful That Federal Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Provision

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
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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.

Last week, a group of Kentucky U.S. Senators and House members tried--and failed--to get the provision included in the legislation.

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2:48 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Wendell Berry Advocates for 50-Year Farm Bill at Local Conference

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Kentucky poet and farmer Wendell Berry advocated for a 50-Year farm bill at the 13th annual Healthy Food, Local Farms Conference this past weekend.

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.

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