Tag Archives: James Comer

Comer, Edelen announce audit of Kentucky Department of Ag

[caption id="attachment_1233" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Auditor Adam Edelen (left) with KDA Commissioner James Comer"][/caption]

Following an electoral season that saw one story after another bearing allegations of malfeasance at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) by former Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer, the Department’s new head, James Comer has teamed up with new state Auditor Adam Edelen to conduct a “sweeping review” of the Department.  This will hopefully clear a few of the clouds that have hung over KDA for the past year.

During that year, the former Commissioner of Agriculture, Richie Farmer, came under greater scrutiny during his run with Senate President David Williams (R-Burkesville) for Lieutenant Governor.  Numerous reports surfaced throughout the campaign highlighting seemingly unnecessary expenditures made (more…)

Posted in Kentucky Department of Agriculture | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Comer sworn in as ag commissioner

It’s official–Kentucky has a new Ag Commissioner.  James Comer, the former Republican State Representative from Tompkinsville was sworn in at the Capitol yesterday after handily defeating his Democratic opponent, Bob Farmer, in November’s election.  Comer takes over the helm from the outgoing commissioner, Richie Farmer.

Not long passed before Comer announced a few of his new appointments.  Of particular interest to CFA members is the appointment of Kristen Branscum as the executive director for marketing.  This was a post formerly held by Mac Stone during Commissioner Farmer’s tenure.  Until her appointment, Branscum had been in charge of value-added production at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, overseeing the agencies’ organic agriculture and viticulture work. (more…)

Posted in 2011 Elections, Agriculture | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Commissioner-elect Comer talks with Pure Politics’ Ryan Alessi

Commissioner-elect Comer discusses the election and what his response will be to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s internal controversies.

Posted in 2011 Elections, Kentucky Department of Agriculture | Tagged | 1 Comment

Farmers contribute more than $224,000 to help elect one of their own as ag commissioner in Ky.

ROGER ALFORD Associated Press
First Posted: November 26, 2011 – 9:01 am
Last Updated: November 26, 2011 – 12:59 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Farmers have proven that crops aren’t all they can produce.

In a show of political muscle, they supplied the green needed to help one of their own win the elected position of agriculture commissioner earlier this month.

They were by far the biggest givers to the campaign of James Comer, a Republican farmer and lawmaker from Tompkinsville who won the Nov. 8 election. Donor reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance show more than 400 people who listed their occupations as farmers gave $224,000 to the Comer campaign, more than a fourth of the $700,000 he has reported so far. (more…)

Posted in 2011 Elections, Agriculture | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Kentucky’s New Agriculture Commissioner

James Comer took an early lead on Election Day and never looked back.  Kentucky’s incoming Agriculture Commissioner won handily garnering almost 64% of the vote compared to his opponent Bob Farmer, who captured only 36%.  James Comer, a Republican, and currently still a state representative from Tompkinsville, was also that evening’s top vote getter with 519,183 overall and the only Republican elected to statewide office.

Comer credited his victory to his strong agriculture background and bi-partisan nature of his support:

“We had a strong farm background that resonated with the voters. But I also had a great political organization behind me that consisted of a lot of Republicans and Democrats,” Comer said. “We had overwhelming support among people in the agriculture community, and ironically a lot of people in the agriculture community are registered Democrats. (more…)

Posted in 2011 Elections, Kentucky Department of Agriculture | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Ag Commissioner Candidate Background

Elections are Tuesday, November 8th across KentuckyWhat a race it’s been.  The last few months have given Kentuckians one of our more lively agriculture commissioner contests in recent memory with both candidates–Representative James Comer (R-Tompkinsville) and Robert Farmer–issuing dueling ethics violation complaints late in the summer.

What follows below is nothing more than our attempt at Community Farm Alliance to give you information you can use to make an informed decision tomorrow when you head to the polls.  The agriculture commissioner race isn’t one that usually garners (more…)

Posted in 2011 Elections | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Urban Agriculture in the KY Ag Commish Race

As mentioned in a previous post, the Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, Representative James Comer (R-Tompkinsville), announced his intention to pursue policies at the state level to promote agriculture in urban areas if elected in November.

Ryan Alessi of CN | 2 News recently interviewed Representative Comer and asked him about his urban agriculture proposal for Kentucky.

In the interview, Comer says that urban agriculture is “something that we haven’t heard a lot about in Kentucky, but it’s something that I want to introduce as Commissioner of Ag.”  He describes his plan for urban agriculture as turning vacant land owned by government and churches into community garden plots to provide low income people in urban areas in Fayette and Jefferson County with healthy and cheap food.  It will also, says Comer, give people a “better appreciation of agriculture.”  To do this, (more…)

Posted in 2011 Elections, Agriculture, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Local Food Systems, Louisville | Tagged , | 1 Comment