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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WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Comer met with House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee members today to begin formulating a final draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. Today marks the first meeting of the Farm Bill Conference Committee – an influential committee that is tasked with framing a final piece of legislation after working out differences in the Farm Bills passed by each respective chamber.
As your representative in Congress, I am committed to fighting for the issues that matter most to the First District of Kentucky. In recent months, I have seen firsthand the threat posed by Asian carp to our beautiful lakes and rivers in Western Kentucky, and the communities that rely on these waters for fishing, tourism, recreation and so much more. This invasive species has wreaked havoc on the local ecosystem, displaced the formerly plentiful game fish that draw so many anglers to the region, and, in the case of Silver carp, injured boaters and other Kentuckians out on the water.
Washington, DC – Congressman James Comer (KY-01) has been selected to serve on the conference committee tasked with negotiating a final version of the Farm Bill. While the House of Representatives and the Senate both passed a Farm Bill in late June, there are several key differences between the two versions that must be resolved before a final Farm Bill can be signed into law, providing Kentucky farmers the long-term certainty and security they need.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman James Comer (KY-01) will hold an Oversight and Government Reform Committee Field Briefing in Eddyville, Kentucky on July 27, 2018. The hearing will address the growing problem of Asian carp in Kentucky’s waters and examine the federal response to this invasive species. This public event will feature testimony from witnesses representing the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, local fishing and tourism industries, and federal agencies involved in Asian carp programs and initiatives.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the American Agri-Women’s (AAW) 33rd annual fly-in in Washington, D.C., Congressman Comer was presented with the AAW’s prestigious Champion of Agriculture award. This award is given to Congressional Members who are proven advocates for the agricultural sector and represent the ideals of American agriculture in Congress.
The Farm Bill is a critical piece of legislation that shapes agriculture and food policy. It impacts everything from commodity programs and farm credit, to rural development and food and nutrition programs. This bill influences the future of American farmers and our rural economy, those who produce our food and supply many of the goods and resources we rely on as a country. It is important that we have a Farm Bill in place that benefits farmers and the rural economy, especially when rural America has seen a 52% drop in net farm income over the past five years.
As a farmer myself, I understand the challenges of agriculture, especially the risks that come with the business – like market swings, weather and the trade policies of foreign nations. I know first-hand how tough the last five years have been for farmers as net farm incomes have fallen 52 percent. That’s why one of my top priorities coming to Congress was to get to work on a new Farm Bill that will protect American farmers and strengthen our rural economy. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 does just that by:
For decades, the city of Paducah, Kentucky has served as a major hub of the inland waterways system due to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. To highlight the importance of the river industry to our region, I invited Representatives Jason Smith of Missouri and David Kustoff of Tennessee to join me in Paducah for a meeting with industry experts. We had a productive discussion on the economic benefits of our inland waterways system and explored ways to modernize and maintain this critical resource.
On November 14, 2016, I was sworn in as the new representative for Kentucky’s 1st District. That night on the House floor, I said, “It is an honor of a lifetime to join in this great legislative body.” While it seems like yesterday that I made my journey to Capitol Hill, one year has passed and we have made great progress for our country. As we approach the end of November, I am thrilled to look back at what we have accomplished.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressmen James Comer (R-KY), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced federal legislation to end unnecessary and outdated regulations on industrial hemp. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act exempts industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act’s definition of marijuana, creates a new category for hemp research at universities and state departments of agriculture, and allows for further commercialization of industrial hemp crops.