Senate Candidates Spar At Farm Bureau Forum

by Rick Howlett on July 22, 2010

U.S. Senate candidates Rand Paul and Jack Conway traded barbs today in a forum sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau.

The two fielded questions on agricultural issues from bureau board members during the two-hour event in Louisville.

Conway, a Democrat and Kentucky’s attorney general, contends Paul wants to eliminate the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nutritional programs it provides.

“We’re talking about over 500-thousand children here in the commonwealth of Kentucky in a school lunch program, about a quarter of a million kids in the commonwealth of Kentucky in a breakfast program,” Conway said.

Paul, the Republican nominee and a Bowling Green eye surgeon, says he doesn’t want to eliminate the USDA, but wants the government to take a hard look at federal farm subisidies and other programs that cost billions of dollars.

“If you want to be for farmers, open up markets, Jack, but don’t just say i’ll give you money when the money is gone. We’re two trillion dollars in debt every year now,” Paul said.

Conway and Paul are vying for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Jim Bunning, who is not seeking re-election.

Click below to hear the entire forum.

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kristin shelor July 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

As a constituent who is very conscious of our long term investments, it is clear to me that our food system is not meant to be solely valued by its financial indicators but rather by the commitment it makes to reducing misinformation on good health, quality product and the specifics of regulating sustainable production relative to these values.

While accessibility has been an issue in the past, there are currently a glut of markets opened up and the real challenge before us as a state is to ensure that the food we are offering is wholesome and produced in a manner that will not degenerate the nutrient quality of the soil or the air/water quality of our communities with the pollutants and every expanding transportation liabilities in refusing to transition to clean energy consumptions. Can each of you explain how the budget you outline for agriculture differs from simply funding agribusiness top down spending?

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