LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates disagree over the federal government's role in the state's farming industry.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic challenger Jim Gray both took questions from the Kentucky Farm Bureau board of directors on Thursday at its "Measure the Candidates" forum.

Paul says one big problem facing farmers is a new set of regulations from the Obama administration.

"Most of these things would not pass votes in Congress," Paul said. "They're only getting to become law, and they're only becoming a big problem for you because they're not being passed by Congress, they're being basically an imperial edict by the president."

Paul says he's co-sponsoring a bill to require all new major regulations to be passed by Congress.

Gray says he's willing to listen to all sides.

"I'm not a know-it-all," Gray said. "I didn't have to be the smartest kid in the class. But I know I can listen to people who are thinking about these issues in serious ways, and we can work then to resolve these challenges that we have."

Since the 1940's, the Kentucky Farm Bureau has hosted forums for candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor and Agriculture Commissioner.

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