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 other things. It was given to candidates with a deadline of October 25, which Republican James Comer met and Democrat Bob Farmer did not.
Kentucky Farm Bureau Director of Public Affairs Jeff Harper says the survey is an important way for Kentucky farmers to look over the candidate’s positions and could have an impact on the election.
“It is important for the candidates to fill out the survey so our membership can determine or see their views on pertinent issues that affect our membership’s livelihood. So, we think it is important, we go through the time craft the questions that we believe as a farm organization is important to the future of Kentucky agriculture,” he says. “If folks go online and see one candidate’s response and others not and then do not go back, it may or may not have an impact on their decision on November 8.”
Harper says the group granted Farmer an extension that he asked for because of a bus tour with Governor Steve Beshear and other Democratic candidates.