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Agriculture

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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October 23, 2020 In The News

Early in the summer, Americans in every state began receiving unsolicited packages filled with seeds. The mystery seeds were originated from China, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The USDA quickly urged Americans to not plant the seeds.

October 23, 2020 In The News

First District Congressman James Comer says Congress remains committed to getting a vaccine soon for the American public.

Comer said although not much will likely be accomplished during the next month due to the election, Congress is closely monitoring the progress toward developing a coronavirus vaccine.

Congressman Comer says he recently sent letters to e-commerce companies asking them to not sell seeds from foreign countries.

October 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) sent letters to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Alibaba Group, Daniel Yong Zhang and President and Chief Executive Officer of Ebay Inc., Jamie Iannone, expressing concerns regarding their platforms allowing the sale and importation of foreign plant and animal products in the United States.

October 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC. – In recognition of his support for policies to empower rural America and the agriculture community, Congressman James Comer has been awarded the ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ award by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

May 8, 2020 Press Release

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.

April 7, 2020 Press Release

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.

February 27, 2020 In The News

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.

January 23, 2020 Press Release

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.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

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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.

October 29, 2019 Press Release

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.”