Kentucky Department of Agriculture http://wkms.org en Open House Set At KY Department of Agriculture http://wkms.org/post/open-house-set-ky-department-agriculture <p></p><p></p><p>Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is inviting the public to visit the state Department of Agriculture.</p><p>An open house is set for next Tuesday at Comer&#39;s office at Frankfort. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:10:02 +0000 The Associated Press 35568 at http://wkms.org Open House Set At KY Department of Agriculture Kentucky Makes Some Money Back on Defunct Fuel Lab Equipment http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-makes-some-money-back-defunct-fuel-lab-equipment <p></p><p>Kentucky made back most of the money spent on equipment for the Department of Agriculture's now-defunct fuel lab in an auction today.</p><p>Division of Surplus Property Director Danny Ford says total bids exceeded $1.8 million this afternoon. The state originally paid about $2 million for the equipment. Bids came in low Monday but increased as the auction’s close neared. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:01:13 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 34943 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Makes Some Money Back on Defunct Fuel Lab Equipment Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years http://wkms.org/post/richie-farmer-reaches-plea-deal-could-get-2-years <p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for two years.</p><p>Farmer's political career came crashing down during a 2011 bid for lieutenant governor, when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:22:53 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 34631 at http://wkms.org Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years Ag Commissioner James Comer: Indictment of Richie Farmer Won't Affect Department http://wkms.org/post/ag-commissioner-james-comer-indictment-richie-farmer-wont-affect-department <p></p><p>Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the indictment of his predecessor Richie Farmer won't be an issue for the state Agriculture Department.</p><p>After taking office, Comer and his staff have helped with the many investigations of Farmer's tenure as commissioner. And Comer says he's made it his goal to restore public confidence in the department. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:45:43 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 30875 at http://wkms.org Ag Commissioner James Comer: Indictment of Richie Farmer Won't Affect Department Farmer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges http://wkms.org/post/farmer-indicted-felony-fraud-charges <p>A federal grand jury has indicted former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer on four felony counts of misappropriating state funds and one of solicitation.&nbsp; The indictment, unsealed today in Lexington, charges Farmer with using his state position to obtain thousands of dollars' worth of gifts, hotel rooms, clothing and computers. It also charges him with hiring friends who did little or no work for the state.&nbsp; The indictment says that throughout his tenure as agriculture commissioner from 2004 to 2012, Farmer wrongfully used public funds and state resources to obtain goods and services for himself and his family. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:18:21 +0000 Todd Hatton, The Associated Press & Brenna Angel (KPR) 30860 at http://wkms.org Farmer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges Agriculture Education, New Markets Focus in New 5-Year Strategic Plan http://wkms.org/post/agriculture-education-new-markets-focus-new-5-year-strategic-plan <p></p><p>Kentucky's agriculture leaders are supporting a new five year strategic plan to help the industry in the state.</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. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:14:29 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28240 at http://wkms.org Agriculture Education, New Markets Focus in New 5-Year Strategic Plan Will Kentucky's Veterans be the Next Generation of Farmers? http://wkms.org/post/will-kentuckys-veterans-be-next-generation-farmers <p></p><p>For several years military veteran Mike Lewis has been a farmer in Kentucky. But his experience with his younger brother, a fellow veteran, has turned him into an advocate for both. Lewis’s brother returned to civilian life after he was injured in Afghanistan and went to work on Mike’s farm. Lewis says his brother seemed to benefit from the work he was doing. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Shelly Baskin 26197 at http://wkms.org Will Kentucky's Veterans be the Next Generation of Farmers? Can Veterans be the Next Generation of Kentucky Farmers? http://wkms.org/post/can-veterans-be-next-generation-kentucky-farmers <p></p><p></p><p>For several years military veteran Mike Lewis has been a farmer in Kentucky. But his experience with his younger brother, a fellow veteran, has turned him into an advocate for both. Lewis’s brother returned to civilian life after he was injured in Afghanistan and went to work on Mike’s farm. Lewis says his brother seemed to benefit from the work he was doing. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Shelly Baskin 26196 at http://wkms.org Can Veterans be the Next Generation of Kentucky Farmers? Ag Department Investigation Not on Personnel Board Agenda http://wkms.org/post/ag-department-investigation-not-personnel-board-agenda <p></p><p>An ongoing investigation into alleged improprieties at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture isn’t on the agenda of the Personnel Board’s last meeting for the year. Board members voted earlier this year to open an inquiry into personnel issues at the Department of Agriculture under former Commissioner Richie Farmer. Board Executive Director Mark Sipek says it could be months before the investigation is completed. A state audit accused Farmer of using state employees for personal business like hunting and shopping trips, yard work, and chauffeuring his dog. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:18:40 +0000 The Associated Press & Whitney Jones 25689 at http://wkms.org Ag Department Investigation Not on Personnel Board Agenda Drought Impact on Kentucky Agritourism Still Unknown http://wkms.org/post/drought-impact-kentucky-agritourism-still-unknown <p>It could be next year before Kentucky agriculture officials will know how much drought affected state agritourism. Visits and tours of working farms peak in August, September and October, but drought has caused some farmers to scale back their events, like corn mazes and apple picking. State Agritourism Director Ben Shaffar says some Kentucky farmers realize as much as a 200 percent revenue boost from agritourism activities. But until the season ends, Shaffar can’t say what the numbers will look like this year. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:07:30 +0000 Angela Hatton 23001 at http://wkms.org Drought Impact on Kentucky Agritourism Still Unknown