Comer gains seat on farm bill conference committee

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky congressman has been chosen to serve on the conference committee assigned to negotiate a final version of the federal farm bill.

U.S. Rep. James Comer says the final product will be the “most impactful legislation” signed into law this year.

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The conference committee role is a plum assignment for Comer, who is still in his first full term in the House. He represents a rural district that relies heavily on agriculture.

The committee will work out differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill.

Comer says he’ll also be a big advocate for including language in the farm bill to legalize hemp.

Kentucky has been at the forefront of hemp’s comeback, and Comer has been a big advocate since he was state agriculture commissioner.