Agriculture Commissioner http://wkyufm.org en Farmer Facing 42 Charges of Ethics Violations During Time as Agriculture Commissioner http://wkyufm.org/post/farmer-facing-42-charges-ethics-violations-during-time-agriculture-commissioner <p></p><p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is facing 42 charges of ethics violations related to his tenure from 2003-2011. The state’s Executive Branch Ethics Commission returned the charges following a ten-month investigation.</p><p>That investigation started when state auditor Adam Edelen issued a report last April accusing Farmer of abusing his office and employees in the Agriculture Department. That report claimed Farmer used workers to take him hunting and shopping, mow his lawn, and even chauffeur his dog.</p><p><a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130318/NEWS01/303180037/Richie-Farmer-charged-42-ethics-violations" target="_blank">The Courier-Journal reports </a>the case against the former UK basketball player now goes to a hearing officer who will review the evidence and then make a recommendation to the ethics commission regarding punishment. If the commission ultimately finds Farmer guilty he could face a fine of up to $5,000 per count. Farmer served two terms and Agriculture Commissioner before running unsuccessfully as Lt. Gov. in 2011. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:45:12 +0000 Kevin Willis 28124 at http://wkyufm.org Farmer Facing 42 Charges of Ethics Violations During Time as Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer Asks Court to Reduce Child Support http://wkyufm.org/post/richie-farmer-asks-court-reduce-child-support <p>Former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer says he wants the amount of child support he&#39;s required to pay for his children to be reduced because of the loss of his elected position and other circumstances. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:00:18 +0000 Associated Press 17363 at http://wkyufm.org