State Auditor Adam Edelen is expected to release findings today from a financial review of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The review looks at agency operations under the administration of Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. Newly elected Commissioner James Comer asked for the special audit after he took office in January, saying it's needed to restore public trust to the agency. The Department was thrust into the center of state politics last year when Farmer, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor, was accused of misspending public funds.
Efforts to allow hemp production in Kentucky appear to be growing despite the defeat of another legalization effort this year in the General Assembly. State Senator Joey Pendleton has repeatedly introduced hemp legalization bills in an effort to restore a crop that was a major industry in Kentucky decades ago.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer issued a warning today that weather conditions are ripe for an outbreak of West Nile Virus. And he says horse owners should consult their veterinarians about vaccinating their horses against the disease. West Nile is spread by mosquitoes, and mosquitoes thrive in the warm, wet conditions the state has experienced in the last few weeks. Officials say no horse in Kentucky that has undergone a full West Nile vaccination regimen is known to have contracted the virus since 2003.