Richie Farmer

Collector’s items left over from Richie Farmer’s tenure as the state’s Agriculture Commissioner will go home with the highest bidders next month.

State to Shutter Costly Fuel Testing Lab

Apr 4, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Describing it as a waste of taxpayer dollars, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said he will shutter a $3 million gasoline quality testing lab that was opened under his predecessor Richie Farmer.
 
 Comer said Wednesday that the lab "hemorrhaged'' tax dollars while failing to handle the 500 random tests of gas station fuel Kentucky conducts each year. The closure will eventually save taxpayers about $600,000 a year, Comer said. The state is already contracting with a private company in Texas to conduct the
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FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission on Monday  issued 42 charges of ethics violations against former state agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer.