Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer http://wkms.org en What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy? http://wkms.org/post/what-role-can-hemp-play-kentuckys-future-ag-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a cool, overcast afternoon at Gaining Grounds Farm, about 60 miles south of Lexington. About 90 people, many of them veterans, farmers, or a combination thereof, are seated under a makeshift tent, taking refuge from a light rain that’s drizzling Gaining Ground's undulating 425 acres.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:36:25 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40943 at http://wkms.org What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy? AG Conway Offers to Assist With Pilot Hemp Project http://wkms.org/post/ag-conway-offers-assist-pilot-hemp-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is offering to assist hemp supporters as the state prepares for the start of a hemp-growing pilot program this year. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; text-indent: 48px;">The pilot projects were made possible by the passage of the United States Farm Bill that was signed into law by the President on Feb. 7.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:33:20 +0000 The Associated Press 38702 at http://wkms.org AG Conway Offers to Assist With Pilot Hemp Project Kentucky Lawmakers Inquire Into DEA's Policy On Hemp http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-inquire-deas-policy-hemp <p>Kentucky officials are again approaching the United States Drug Enforcement Administration about growing industrial hemp in the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:38:25 +0000 Rob Canning & The Associated Press 36922 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Lawmakers Inquire Into DEA's Policy On Hemp Hemp Supporters Rally In Washington, Conway Wants Discussion With Ag Commissioner http://wkms.org/post/hemp-supporters-rally-washington-conway-wants-discussion-ag-commissioner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of Vote Hemp and other groups are descending on the nation’s capital for Hemp Lobby Day to convince Congress to lift a federal ban on the plant for industrial use.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:54:48 +0000 Jonathan Meador 36665 at http://wkms.org Hemp Supporters Rally In Washington, Conway Wants Discussion With Ag Commissioner James Comer 'Proud of the Before and After Picture' of Kentucky's Agriculture Department http://wkms.org/post/james-comer-proud-and-after-picture-kentuckys-agriculture-department <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although he’s made no decisions about a run for governor in 2015, Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner is sounding like a candidate as he travels the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:05:38 +0000 Lisa Autry (KPR) 35997 at http://wkms.org James Comer 'Proud of the Before and After Picture' of Kentucky's Agriculture Department 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 House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-house-speaker-greg-stumbo-leaning-towards-medical-marijuana-legalization <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A leading Kentucky politician is weighing the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Greg </span>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said today he's leaning toward supporting the use of medicinal marijuana and that the topic is worth debating.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the General Assembly in the past but has never received the support needed to pass.</span></p><p>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> raised the issue after Attorney General Jack Conway sent an advisory letter to Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other state leaders to clarify current law related to marijuana’s cousin, hemp.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:42:15 +0000 Rob Canning & The Associated Press 35186 at http://wkms.org Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization James Comer, Thomas Massie Lobby for Hemp in Washington, D.C. http://wkms.org/post/james-comer-thomas-massie-lobby-hemp-washington-dc <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="James Comer" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201309/WDC_5477_0.JPG" alt="" /><p>Two Kentucky elected officials made the case for industrial hemp Tuesday at a briefing in Washington, D.C., in an effort to lobby Congress to legalize the plant for commercial production.<p>U.S. Rep. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:22:23 +0000 Jonathan Meador 34769 at http://wkms.org James Comer, Thomas Massie Lobby for Hemp in Washington, D.C. Comer: Stressing Social Issues Not the Key to Election Success for the GOP http://wkms.org/post/comer-stressing-social-issues-not-key-election-success-gop <p>Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says Republicans need to focus on the economy in order to win statewide office, as opposed to stressing social issues.</p><p>In an interview at WKU Public Radio Wednesday, James Comer said the GOP has alienated a lot of key voting groups by making hot-button social topics the cornerstone of their campaigns.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:50:44 +0000 Kevin Willis (KPR) 33799 at http://wkms.org Comer: Stressing Social Issues Not the Key to Election Success for the GOP Comer Keeps Mum on Plans, Touts Sales of Ky. Milk http://wkms.org/post/comer-keeps-mum-plans-touts-sales-ky-milk <p>After the successful <a href="http://wkms.org/post/amended-hemp-bill-passes-kentucky-legislature-comer-ok-result">passage of his Industrial Hemp Bill this year</a>, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer is staying tight-lipped about his plans for the next legislative session, but Comer says rural economic development efforts need to be refocused around agriculture.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 22:05:47 +0000 John Null 33625 at http://wkms.org Comer Keeps Mum on Plans, Touts Sales of Ky. Milk