The First District of Kentucky is home to thousands of contributors to the agricultural industry. We must support and modernize programs that have proven effective in helping our nation's hard-working farmers to operate, compete and succeed. As Congress tackles issues related to the agricultural industry, farm families in the First District should know they have an advocate looking out for their best interests on the House Committee on Agriculture.
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As the top beef-producing state east of the Mississippi River, Kentucky cattle farmers have much to be proud of. With over a million head of beef cattle and nearly 40,000 cattle farms in the Commonwealth, Kentucky cattlemen and women are among America’s leaders when it comes to putting a quality meal on your family’s dinner plate.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of tremendous market volatility due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Congressman James Comer (KY-1) recently sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the agency expedite assistance to Kentucky’s cattle producers suffering from the current economic downturn.
“While I recognize that multiple commodities are facing unprecedented challenges amid the recent economic downturn, there is an immediate and critical need for our cattle producers,” Congressman Comer wrote.
Congressman James Comer, who represents the state’s 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, took time out of his busy schedule to come Saturday, Feb. 22 to come and visit the Logan County Detention Center as well as stopping by Walnut Grove Farm for a tour and discussion of agriculture issues.
Rehabilitation programs were the main topic of discussion at the detention center with Logan County Jailer Phil Gregory and program director Sgt. Pam Ford.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The EPA and Army are delivering on President Trump’s promise to remove crippling regulations on American farmers by issuing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Today, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James announced a new definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). This revised definition for WOTUS will protect farmers from excessive government intrusion, protect the nation’s navigable waters and create economic growth across the country.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act (H.R. 5430), which sends President Trump’s signature agreement aimed at modernizing and significantly improving trade in America to the Senate for action.
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the interim final rule for implementing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program as authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. The interim final rule is considered final as soon as it is posted in the federal register. There will be a 60-day comment period for the public to submit comments to the agency.
“I am happy to see this progress from USDA in developing the industrial hemp rules and regulations,” said Congressman James Comer (KY-01). “This is a key step in helping this emerging industry move forward.”
As former heads of our states’ agriculture departments, we understand the significance an updated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico holds for growers and producers across the country. Now in Congress, we bring invaluable experience when shaping national agriculture and trade policy.
MURRAY, Ky. – On Sunday, Congressman Comer hosted Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, in Murray.
Congressman Comer and Chairman Peterson toured HempWood, the only hemp processor in the U.S. that turns hemp into durable hardwood flooring. They also visited Murray State University to see hemp research plots, dark tobacco, corn and soybeans. The pair discussed the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, which importantly legalized industrial hemp last year.
The House of Representatives is back in session following a productive district work period. Throughout the month of August, I traveled across the 1st District to 15 different counties in Central, Southern, and Western Kentucky. During my travels I met with local government officials, business leaders, farmers and other community members. These visits allow me to hear from constituents and share what they can expect from Washington as we head into Fall.
President Trump, along with leaders from Mexico and Canada, signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on November 30, 2018. Since then, Canada began the process to vote on implementing the legislation in May of this year and Mexico’s Senate overwhelmingly ratified the agreement shortly after in June. However, months continue to pass without its ratification by the United States Congress. When the House of Representatives returns in September, nothing is more important than Speaker Pelosi bringing the USMCA up for a vote.