April 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Under Richie Farmer, Ky. Agriculture Department threw lavish conference despite budget strains

In 2008, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture was complaining that it didn't have enough money for inspectors for amusement park rides and gas pumps. Despite state budget cuts, then-Commissioner Richie Farmer went ahead with a spectacular gifts-laden convention for the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture that cost over $208,000, according to records.

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