County Connection: Farmer Sen. Paul Hornback brings agricultural perspective to the General Assembly

04/26/2018 12:12 PM

SHELBYVILLE – Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, has served in the General Assembly since 2011, and while many might be surprised with the fact that a full time farmer would be interested in public service, it was something that Hornback felt that he was destined to do.

“I’ve always been involved in a lot of different organizations and I’ve always done some lobbying in Frankfort and in Washington, D.C., and always interested in what’s going on, not just on the farm and in agriculture, but in the world as a whole,” Hornback said.

Hornback’s farming operation, Hornback Farms, is no small operation.

“We farm about 3,000 acres total and it’s a very diversified farm where I have corn, soybeans, cattle, tobacco, raised hemp, raised a lot of different things,” Hornback said.

Even though Kentucky has seen a loss of many small family farms over the past 20 or 30 years, Hornback sees a bright future in the world of agriculture in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“I think there are a lot of opportunities out there, I think that you’ll see a lot more diversified agriculture,” Hornback said. “I think with the legislation that Sen. McConnell just introduced to legalize hemp is another one of those things that are going to help agriculture in the state of Kentucky. The bourbon industry is a huge hit for the state of Kentucky.”

Hornback is chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and co-chair of the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture.


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