Comer Hires New State Beekeeper

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has appointed a new state beekeeper. Sean Burgess replaces Phil Craft, who was fired in January. When Comer took office at the beginning of the year, he replaced 16 of his office’s political appointees. That included Craft, the state apiarist. At the time, Craft’s firing raised eyebrows in the state’s […]

Comer Promises to Sell Farmer’s SUV, Make Other Changes in Agriculture Department

In an interview with CN2 Pure Politics on Wednesday, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner-elect James Comer pledged to sell an expensive SUV that current Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer purchased with taxpayer dollars. The controversies involving Farmer’s use of public funds have been heavily scrutinized since the gubernatorial campaign. Questions have been raised about a conference trip to […]

KFB Questionnaire Sparks Fresh Attacks in Ag Commissioner Race

The Kentucky Farm Bureau released the results of a survey on Tuesday that was sent to measure the views of candidates vying for agriculture commissioner, but one has failed to respond on time and has asked for an extension. The survey includes dozens of questions about department budget cuts, animal regulations and crop inspections, among […]

Federal Aid Sought For Some Cattle Farmers

By Andy Freudenburg The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has requested a disaster declaration from the federal government due to recent cattle deaths. Kentucky cattle have consumed more clover this year, causing primary ruminal tympany, an intestinal tract blockage known more commonly as frothy bloat. Department spokesperson Bill Clary says the extra growth of clover is […]