GUEST POV | Kentucky cattlemen need protection
By Jeffrey Straley
Cattleman - Campbellsville, Ky.
My first contact with Jack Conway’s office was in May of 2012, because I had a bid backed up on me in an online cattle auction. When I spoke with his office, they informed me that the auction site may have broken the fair trade laws in Kentucky. I was e-mailed a complaint form and filled it out. In the meantime, The Progressive Farmer ran a story about what took place.
This is when I received a call from Conway’s office. They seemed to know nothing about how cattle were sold online and were concerned with the cost of my case. I was told to contact my state legislators and ask for more money for the Attorney General’s Office.
I later spoke with the Administrator of the Packers and Stockyards. She informed me that I had fraud committed against me and didn’t understand why my Attorney General had not acted.
Conway had a huge fraud case relating to the Packers and Stockyards in 2009. He was unable to get any rules or regulations in place then to keep things like this from happening in the future.
There is little protection for Kentucky cattlemen, and Jack Conway has done nothing to ensure their safety by ignoring the issue. When voters go to the polls in November they need to know that they are voting for someone that is connected with Obama, and that he is “all hat and no cattle.”
I’m Jeffrey Straley and that’s my Point of View.