comer james 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (2/14/14) — Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced today that he is creating industrial hemp pilot projects in Kentucky.

The pilot projects were made possible by the passage of the United States Farm Bill that was signed into law by the President on Feb. 7.

Commissioner Comer and Attorney General Jack Conway have been in direct communication for a couple of months regarding hemp production in Kentucky, and senior staff in both of their offices are reviewing language for pilot programs that ensure compliance with the parameters outlined in the federal farm bill.

Attorney General Conway provides legal guidance

“I appreciate Commissioner Comer working with the Office of the Attorney General as he implements the pilot projects in Kentucky,” Attorney General Conway said.
 
Commissioner Comer asked Attorney General Conway to contact federal border patrol entities on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to make certain hemp seeds for the pilot project are legally imported for the purposes outlined in the farm bill. Attorney General Conway also pledged to work with Commissioner Comer to help pursue a federal waiver from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that would allow for the expansion of industrial hemp production for commercial purposes.

“I appreciate Commissioner Comer understanding the concerns of law enforcement officers and ensuring that any future expansion would address their concerns,” Attorney General Conway said.

Comer hopes to provide more details on the pilot projects at an event in Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 17 and said the projects will be located in diverse areas of the Commonwealth with unique research focuses and different university affiliations.

“The cooperation between agriculture and law enforcement is a critical element of moving this industry forward,” Commissioner Comer said. “I appreciate Attorney General Conway’s willingness to open the lines of communication and help us overcome the legal obstacles to this new market for Kentucky farmers.”

SurfKY News
Information provided by James R. Comer

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Annual Lyon County between the Rivers Homecoming Announced

KENTUCKY (8/27/15) — Former residents of the Lyon County, Ky., portion of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation… Read More
1 DOW 16,643.01
-11.76 (-0.07%)    
2 S&P 1,988.87
+1.21 (0.06%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,828.33
+15.62 (0.32%)    

Most Read This Week

August 24, 2015 10677

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 5963

Alleged Burglar Calls 911 to Report Fire

by SurfKY News
August 22, 2015 4974

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 4909

UPDATE: Four Dead, Two Survive Boating Accident

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4317

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 15051

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 10677

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 27, 2015 4317

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 1792

Kentucky Career Center Blood Drive Aug. 31

by SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 1249

Legislators Preview Election 2015

by KET
August 27, 2015 1101

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 1064

Driver Injured after Swerving to Avoid Striking…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 883

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 823

Two Webster County Residents Injured in Hopkins…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 645

Remember Alison Parker, Adam Ward Not the Killer

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 645

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 632

KSP Charges Jefferson County Man with Child…

by SurfKY News