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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.

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.  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.

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Area farmers are waiting for more details on the farm bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday to see how it will affect their operations.

Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon says the new bill gets rid of the base farmers have received for growing certain major crops, which will save $5 billion a year.

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An amendment legalizing hemp production for research has made it into the Farm Bill that will be up for a vote soon in Congress. The amendment, co-sponsored by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, allows universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for study purposes.

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