Richie Farmer

2:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Comer: Kentucky Fuel Lab Hemmorraging Money

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.

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8:37 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Judge Considering Richie Farmer's Child Support Case

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.

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4:00 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Richie Farmer Asks Court to Reduce Child Support

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.

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10:43 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Future of State Fuel Lab in Kentucky In Question

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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12:02 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Investigation Will Look at Richie Farmer's Tenure as Head of Kentucky Agriculture Dept

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer

The state Personnel Board has voted to investigate multiple merit system and employee abuses that allegedly took place in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The alleged abuses took place under then Commissioner Richie Farmer, and were detailed earlier this year in a scathing audit of the department.

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12:12 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Senator Williams Comments on Richie Farmer's Audit

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he had no idea what trouble his former gubernatorial running mate Richie Farmer was causing as agriculture commissioner.
During an interview on Kentucky Sports Radio Wednesday, host Matt Jones asked Williams about the abuses of power and resources that were uncovered in a recent audit of Farmer's time in office.

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5:44 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Personnel Board Takes Up Ky Agriculture Dept Audit

The Kentucky personnel board is expected to consider that scathing audit of the agriculture department under former commissioner Richie Farmer. Monday the panel will take its first action on the audit which found evidence that candidates for merit positions were pre-selected, that monetary awards were issued without input from supervisors and that a merit employee's responsibilities were removed without documenting the action in a personnel file.

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Response to Audit
1:01 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Farmer's Attorney Calls Audit "Political"

Commissioner James Comer and Auditor Adam Edelin
Kentucky Department of Agriculture

An audit of former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer's administration has revealed multiple abuses of state resources. The report says the former University of Kentucky basketball star illegally hired friends and family, used department resources for Christmas gifts and made state employees mow his yard and build a basketball court at his home on state time.

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Audit of Past Management
9:08 am
Mon April 30, 2012

State Auditor Releases Report on KY Agriculture Department

An audit of Richie Farmer's two terms as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner has revealed a toxic culture of entitlement and an extravagant misuse of taxpayers dollars, state employees and time.Current Agriculture Commissioner James Comer requested the audit earlier this year. State Auditor Adam Edelen released his final report today, showing more than a dozen infractions by Farmer and a consistent abuse of state law.

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