Former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges

By Beth Musgrave — bmusgrave@herald-leader.com

Former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he misused more than $450,000 of state money and property during his eight years as Kentucky’s top agriculture official.

A federal judge set a trial date of July 2 and denied Farmer’s request to visit Cancun, Mexico in May with his girlfriend. Farmer, who is unemployed, was released on his own recognizance but must look for employment, can’t leave the state and must surrender his passport, the judge ordered.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/25/2615224/richie-farmer-enters-federal-courthouse.html#emlnl=Latest_headlines_newsletter#storylink=cpy

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