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Kentucky's First District U.S. Congressman James Comer helped to pass the house's version of the federal farm bill Thursday.

If Republicans in Congress have their way, millions of people who get food aid through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) will have to find a job or attend job training classes for about 20 hours each week, or lose their benefits.

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The U.S. House Agriculture Committee introduced their 2018 Farm Bill Thursday. The bill increases work requirements for food-stamp benefits, preserves provisions for federal crop insurance and the conservation reserve program. What isn’t included is hemp.

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"I think a town hall is a great display of democracy," U.S. Congressman James Comer said to a well-attended room on Murray State University's campus. 

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is now the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). Quarles was elected on Thursday. 

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U.S. Congressman James Comer held a two-part town hall forum at the Hopkinsville Community College Monday night, having made earlier stops in Taylor and Simpson Counties. The evening began with a Kentucky Farm Bureau listening session, discussing challenges in crafting the next Farm Bill and agriculture industry representatives outlining what they want in the next legislation. A more informal event followed, answering questions from members of local groups opposing President Trump's agenda: 'Pennyroyal Indivisible' and 'Resist Kentucky.'

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Rand Paul told Kentucky farm leaders Thursday he supports federal crop insurance programs but did not say whether he would support the next federal farm bill if he is re-elected to the U.S. Senate. 

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Over the weekend, five of the six candidates running to succeed retiring Congressman Ed Whitfield as the next Representative of Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District took part in a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum in Murray.


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  Some farmers may receive less financial support from the government to mitigate crop loss due to changes to the federal farm bill. The US Department of Agriculture is cutting the direct payment program which provided support to farmers who submitted a base production plan. 

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says educational resources are now available for new programs established in the 2014 Farm Bill that help farmers better manage risk.

Before, farmers who experienced a bad harvest were compensated through direct payment programs which paid out in good years or bad.  Two new initiatives, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, are replacing that option.

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