Richie Farmer

Richie Farmer Could be on Ethics Commission Agenda Monday

Mar 18, 2013

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has a meeting set for Monday when they could decide whether former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer violated any of rules when he was state agriculture commissioner.

Farmer was accused in a state audit last year of using Department of Agriculture employees to take him hunting and shopping, mow his yard and chauffeur his dog. Those accusations and more were passed along to the Ethics Commission.

Farmer served two terms in the elected-position of agriculture commissioner. He ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2011.

Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the state's four-year-old fuel and pesticide testing lab has not lived up to its initial billing. James Comer told members of the state's interim joint committee on agriculture that his predecessor, Richie Farmer, sold the fuel lab as a great investment and moneymaker for the commonwealth.

A Franklin County judge is weighing whether to grant former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer's request to reduce his child support payments. The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal report that Family Court Judge Squire Williams heard testimony from Farmer and his ex-wife, Rebecca Farmer, on Thursday, but he did not issue a ruling.

Former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer says he wants the amount of child support he's required to pay for his children to be reduced because of the loss of his elected position and other circumstances.

A task force is set to begin reviewing whether a state fuel lab built under former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer can be saved. The bi-partisan panel has its first meeting scheduled on Tuesday at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture offices in Frankfort.

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