Commissioner of Agriculture - Democratic Primary

Joe Trigg

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: http://www.joetriggcandidate.com/

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Question 1:

What is your vision for the role of the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

  1. My vision is to move KY into the forefront of agribusiness in the US.  Who better than us, strategically located in the center of the US; the Ohio river a bulk product transportation dream, crisscrossed by major interstates I65,75,64, and 66 and an established railway system.  Do you know what country is the second largest agriculture exporter in the world? 1/3 the size of KY, the Netherlands comes in at #2, with an average farm size of 42 acres.  Each diversified farm makes a reasonable profit every year and the best part is their kids want to remain in the family agribusiness.  That same diversified farm base is my vision for KY where we look at look at farming not just as agriculture but as agribusiness. 

  2. Over the next four years I will lobby for the legalization of both medical marijuana/hemp and implementation of a modified quota system similar to the old tobacco quota program.  I hope to use these two agricultural products to propel diversification helping to make agribusiness both profitable and sustainable.

Robert Haley Conway

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://www.conwayforky19.com/

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Question 1:

What is your vision for the role of the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

Office to become more accessible. Depoliticize the nature of the office. Understand that the needs of the 21st century demand that change is required. Step outside the box. Make family farms profitable again. Since the average farm size is between 100-200 acres in Kentucky, it becomes necessary to maximize the acreage available and become more efficient. We need to look at agriculture in this state in a new way. We need to understand that our natural resources and landforms should dictate the type of agriculture we undertake. We no longer have the safety net that was provided by tobacco. We need to become more diverse, look at alternative ag practices, and embrace change (i.e. nurseries, orchards, hemp to some degree, tree farms, aquiculture).