James Comer

Politics
2:56 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Comer Upset Over Abramson's Dismissal of Fancy Farm Picnic

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson's assertion that the Fancy Farm picnic is no longer a relevant political event has inspired a growing backlash.

In remarks reported by CN2, Abramson dismissed the picnic, saying it's too rowdy. But Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who emceed this year's event, says when statewide officials skip the picnic, as Abramson did this year, it hurts the church and community that put the event on.

"Fancy Farm just isn’t about politics, it’s a church charity event and it’s a huge economic draw for people in Western Kentucky,” Comer says.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Nesler on Second District Candidate Endorsement

Fred Nesler
lrc.ky.gov

While retiring western Kentucky legislators like Republican Senator Ken Winters and Democratic Representative Mike Cherry have publicly endorsed their party’s nominees, former Democratic Representative Fred Nesler has not. Nesler left his house seat in May to join Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s staff.

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Environment
4:35 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Comer Addresses Disaster Declaration

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the federal disaster declaration that has been issued for 26 counties in the Commonwealth will help farmers there recover from severe drought. 

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Business
11:44 am
Tue July 10, 2012

KY Ag Commissioner Coming to Murray

kyagr.com

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer visits Murray Thursday to review a regional bioenergy initiative.

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Government
7:39 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Nesler Takes Ag Department Post

lrc.ky.gov

Retiring 2nd District State Representative Fred Nesler has left the legislature earlier than expected to take an administrative post with Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture. 

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Audit
6:56 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Edelen to Release Agriculture Department Audit

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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.

2012 General Assembly
8:55 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Hemp Support Growing in Kentucky

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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.

Agriculture
1:55 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Ag Commissioner Warns of Equine West Nile

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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.

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