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Commissioner Comer to tour Agribusinesses and visit with Western Kentucky Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 15, 2012

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Holly VonLuehrte
(502) 573-0450

FRANKFORT, Ky.—Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will tour agribusiness facilities in western Kentucky this fall in partnership with the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky (ABAK) and the Kentucky Feed & Grain Association (KyFGA).

The tour schedule includes visits to companies in Webster, Christian, Simpson, and Allen counties. Commissioner Comer also will visit three other counties as part of the tour, including a breakfast speech at the Logan County Extension Office, 255 John Paul Road, Russellville.

Four public meetings have been scheduled for area residents to meet with Commissioner Comer. These meetings are set for the following times and locations:
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 3 p.m. CDT at the Webster County Extension Office at 1118 US 41A South in Dixon;
Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 a.m. CDT at the Livingston County Extension Office at 803 U.S. 60 East in Smithland;
Thursday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. CDT at the Crittenden County EdTech Training Center at 200 Industrial Drive in Marion; and
Friday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Allen County Farmers Service store at 512 Smiths Grove Road in Scottsville.

Commissioner Comer encouraged citizens to participate in the public forums.

"I think it's important that state officials get out in the communities and meet the people of Kentucky where they work and live," Commissioner Comer said. "That gives people who would have a hard time making a trip to Frankfort a chance to communicate directly with the people they elect to represent them. I hope everyone in these areas will come out to talk with me about any issue related to the department that may be on their minds or simply to say hello."

"Since taking office earlier this year, Commissioner Comer has made the effort to get out in the state to visit Kentucky's agriculture operations," ABAK President Kevin Fields said. "We are delighted he is working with us on an agribusiness tour and will be visiting several of our members' operations. We believe it will give him an opportunity to not only see the facilities but also hear directly from our members about issues they face every day."

KyFGA President Brent Williams pointed out that the tour schedule is designed to give the commissioner "a firsthand look at the things the industry is doing to improve and grow Kentucky's ag economy and to position us for growth in the years ahead."