James Comer meeting with Farm Bill Conference Committee
Congressman James Comer from Tompkinsville met with other House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee members today, to start working on the 2018 Farm Bill. He and Senator Mitch McConnell are both pushing for industrial hemp production to be a part of the Farm Bill.
Rep. Comer: "If we get a Farm Bill we're gonna have the language we need for hemp farming in Kentucky. Kentucky's a huge success story with respect to industrial hemp. We're the leading industrial hemp producing state in the nation. If we can get the language that Senator McConnell and I have put in the farm bill in there, then I think you're gonna see a lot more private sector dollars flow into the emerging industrial hemp market in Kentucky."
Gene: "What do you think are the chances of getting that done?"
Rep. Comer: "I think it's good. If we get the farm bill done, the hemp language will be in there. I can tell you with confidence from being on the conference committee, the hemp language will stay in the final version of the Farm Bill. It's just a matter of do we get enough votes to pass the Farm Bill?"
The clock is ticking. The current Farm Bill expires on September 30th.