Congressman Comer talks farm bill, tariffs

Western Kentucky Congressman James Comer is part of a conference committee that will attempt to iron out a compromise between House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill and he says he’s also well aware of negative impacts federal tariffs are having on commodity prices.

In an interview that aired Thursday morning on WHOP, Comer says a solid crop insurance program has been and remains his top priority for the Farm Bill.

He says President Trump’s new tariffs are very unpopular among western Kentucky farmers and he’s made his concerns known to the White House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell included language in their version of the Farm Bill that removes industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances and Comer says he’s been advocating to keep it in the final version.

Comer says President Trump’s meeting this week with Russian President Vladmir Putin wasn’t his best performance, but doesn’t believe Russia is a top priority for most of his western Kentucky constituents.

Listen to our entire interview below: