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  Kentucky agriculture leaders and economists say the state’s turbulent hemp industry is still trying to find stability this year after uncertain federal regulation and overproduction led to a tanked market for the crop and subsequent bankruptcies.

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Hemp growers who allegedly didn’t get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for contracts with an Owensboro hemp company have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company alleging breach of contract, fraud, and racketeering, among other claims.

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A Kentucky bill, assigned to the House Agriculture Committee this week, aims to remove a ban on the sale of combustible hemp products, including hemp cigarettes and cigars.

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One of the largest hemp processing companies in Kentucky is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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  Ohio Valley farmers planted more than 27,000 acres of hemp last year — about four times more than in 2018 —  to cash in on a booming market for popular CBD products made from the crop. 

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  An association representing Kentucky’s growing hemp industry held a conference in Murray on Thursday to gather hemp farmers, processors, and regulators. The event also highlighted the continuing financial and regulatory uncertainty in the new industry. 

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  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out 15 letters last week warning some companies that sell cannabidiol, or CBD, about making unfounded medical claims regarding the effects of the hemp-derived compound. Many users claim CBD has a wide range of medicinal benefits but there is little evidence. Despite this warning, the burgeoning industry in the Ohio Valley continues to boom.

The Food and Drug Administration is holding its first public hearing on CBD, the cannabis extract that has quickly grown into a billion-dollar industry. Today's hearing will help officials determine how to regulate CBD products.

The compound can be extracted from marijuana or from hemp. It's promoted as a way to ease anxiety and inflammation – and it doesn't get people high because it doesn't contain THC, the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.

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Murray State officials on Wednesday ceremonially introduced five foundational partners that have made major contributions to the new Hutson School of Agriculture Center for Agricultural Hemp.  

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  Inside the Bluegrass Hemp Oil store in Lexington, Kentucky, the CBD oils and lotions lining the walls have an origin story -- a story of a family’s struggle.