Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer says he wants farmers in the commonwealth to be planting industrial hemp within the next two years.
Commissioner Comer is now the chairman of the state Industrial Hemp Commission and says he believes hemp legislation has a better chance of passing in the General Assembly with new leadership in the senate.
Comer says he would love to see hemp grown in Kentucky in 2014.
State legislation won’t matter if the federal government doesn’t pass legislation to clear the way, and U.S. Senator Rand Paul has vowed to fight for that cause in Washington.
The Micah Mission Center will be holding a senior health fair tomorrow morning.
A news release says the event will run from 9am until noon at the center at 209 South Main Street. The Mission Center has teamed up with Jennie Stuart Medical Center, the HCC Nursing Program and six other healthcare businesses to offer flu shots, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings and information on nutrition, vision-related diseases, home health services, products for diabetes and mental health services.
The Micah Mission Center is a ministry of the Madisonville District of the United Methodist Church. Anyone wanting more information can contact Micah Mission Center Director John Allen at 270-348-0324.
Eighth District State Representative John Tilley has been presented with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce MVP award for the second straight year.
Representative Tilley was given the award Tuesday at the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance meeting in Frankfort.
A news release from the Chamber says the award presented to a select group of legislators notices those who stood up for Kentucky’s job creators and fought in unconventional ways for a positive business climate.
A two-vehicle wreck on South Main Street in front of the post office yesterday afternoon injured a Crofton man.
The Hopkinsville Police report says 38-year old Wil Winkler of Crofton was attempting to turn off East 1st Street onto South Main and witnesses said he had a green light.
41-year old Daryl Northington of Hopkinsville was southbound on South Main and told police he had a yellow light. Northington struck Winkler’s vehicle in the side, with both vehicles coming to rest on Main.
Winkler was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of neck and head pain, while Northington went uninjured.
The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission received a $100,000 check during its initial meeting today in Frankfort.
CEO of Dr, Bronner’s Magic Soaps, David Bronner and U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s political action committee each committed $50,000 to the operation of the commission, which convened for the first time in 10 years.
During the meeting, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer was unanimously elected chairman.
Commissioner Comer stated that this is an exciting time to be a part of agriculture. This is an important issue, and hopefully this will make a difference that will affect future farmers for years to come.”
In August, Senator Paul joined Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders to introduce a bill that would remove federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp in the U.S.
If the federal hemp legislation is passed, Commissioner Comer added that he believed there would be a mad dash from the states to be the first to get on board.
Under existing federal law, hemp production in the United States is only allowed for.
The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission plans to meet before the 2013 legislative session to finalize legislation that will be filed in the General Assembly.