Kentucky Agricultural News


My staff and I are committed to giving you a transparent,
accountable Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

My first month in office was a blur of meetings, news conferences, and conventions. It has been a wild ride but also an enjoyable one. I am deeply gratified by the warm welcome I have received from legislators, Kentucky Department of Agriculture employees, agricultural interests, and the general public.

One of my first official actions as your Commissioner of Agriculture was to ask Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen and his staff to conduct an audit of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. I have no preconceived notions of what the audit will uncover. I simply thought it was important to bring any underlying issues into the light of day so we can address them and go forward with a clean slate. That way, the Department will be better able to give you the level of service you deserve and provide you the most value for your tax dollars.

You have a right to know what your commissioner and your Department of Agriculture are doing and how your tax dollars are being spent. My staff and I have taken steps to operate the department in a completely open and transparent manner, and we’ll be doing more in the weeks and months to come.

James R. Comer

You can find my schedule of upcoming appearances on the Department website, You also can “like” the Department’s page on Facebook ( and sign up for our e-newsletter, Kentucky Agricultural News (, for the latest news from the KDA as well as information of interest from the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Farm Bureau, and other sources. And check out the Kentucky Proud page on Facebook ( to share your thoughts and read what other people are saying about the local Kentucky foods we all know and love.

In my first weeks in office, I’ve attended all of the major commodity conferences that routinely take place in winter. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing people I’ve known from my work as a farmer and legislator, and I’ve enjoyed getting to make some new friends. I’m grateful for their hospitality and look forward to working with them. I’ve also addressed the agriculture and budget committees in the General Assembly. This is just the beginning. I promise to be an active and visible advocate for Kentucky agriculture. I will speak to any group and work with anyone – on either side of the political aisle – to help move Kentucky agriculture forward.

I’ve assembled a staff of bright, capable people who share my commitment to accessibility and accountability. We are blessed to work with career employees at the Department of Agriculture who are dedicated to serving you. Together – and with your help – I’m confident that we will make Kentucky a better place to live and work for our farmers and for all our citizens.