James Comer

Government
2:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Industrial Hemp Provision Makes It into Farm Bill

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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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Government
4:40 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Challenging Eastern Kentucky Leaders, Ag Commissioner James Comer Says It's Time to Look Beyond Coal

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is challenging leaders in eastern Kentucky to accept the decline of coal production and invest in a new economy to help pull the region out of poverty.

"A lot of leaders in Eastern Kentucky keep talking about ‘coal is the answer and there is a war on coal.’ I’m a friend of coal. I support the coal industry. But the coal industry’s future doesn't look bright and we have to look beyond that and learn to develop a new economy in Eastern Kentucky," he says.

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Business
3:43 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Promotion Of Veteran-Produced Agriculture Goes National

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Kentucky's Homegrown by Heroes program which features farm goods produced by military veterans is spreading nationwide. 

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Government
4:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kentucky Makes Some Money Back on Defunct Fuel Lab Equipment

Kentucky made back most of the money spent on equipment for the Department of Agriculture's now-defunct fuel lab in an auction today.

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.

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Government
7:19 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Rand Paul, James Comer to Notify Justice Department That Hemp Permits May Start in Kentucky

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 2:14 pm

Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer are playing a game of chicken with the federal government over the growing of industrial hemp in the state.

Encouraged by the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission, Comer and Paul plan to draft a letter to U.S. Department of Justice indicating that Kentucky will proceed with adopting regulations and issuing permits for farmers to begin planting the controversial crop as early as next February, unless they are told otherwise.

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Politics
2:50 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Comer: Stressing Social Issues Not the Key to Election Success for the GOP

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Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says Republicans need to focus on the economy in order to win statewide office, as opposed to stressing social issues.

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.

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Politics
9:20 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Comer Teases Potential Run for Governor at Fancy Farm

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Kentucky won’t elect its next governor for more than two years. But Republican Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer all but declared his candidacy at Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic, stopping just short of an official announcement.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Comer Keeps Mum on Plans, Touts Sales of Ky. Milk

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After the successful passage of his Industrial Hemp Bill this year, 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.

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Business
1:15 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Udderly Kentucky Milk Available in Walmart Stores

A new brand of milk called Udderly Kentucky is now available in 32 Walmart stores in central and south-central Kentucky.

The milk is produced, pasteurized and bottled in Kentucky and is being offered in whole, 2 percent, 1 percent and skim varieties in gallon sizes.

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2013 KY General Assembly
4:06 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Comer: Industrial Hemp Bill to Get Committee Hearing Wednesday

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer tweeted Monday that an industrial hemp bill will get a hearing this week in the House Agriculture Committee.

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