Center for Agricultural Hemp

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  The Kentucky House of Representatives wants Congress to change the federal definition of hemp.

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John Fuller is waiting for another farmer he’s never met before to talk about a situation he never imagined he would be in.

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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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Tony Silvernail swings a heavy machete at a stalk of bushy hemp and chops the plant near the root, grabbing the five-foot-tall shoot with his sun-weathered hand.

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  Murray State University's Center for Agricultural Hemp hosted hundreds of people Thursday for a hemp field day to highlight developing research and learn more about the crop and the significant risk still involved with the industry. 

 

Center staff took attendees on tours around the university’s West Farm Complex, showcasing studies including experimentation with hemp fertilization and feeding hemp to livestock including hogs and chickens.

 

Agriculture leaders and politicians met Monday at a warehouse outside of Murray for the ribbon-cutting of a company turning hemp into hardwood flooring. Officials believe hemp-derived wood has significant potential. 

 

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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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The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture announced on Tuesday hemp processing company GenCanna will be its second “foundational partner” for the school’s new Center for Agricultural Hemp.

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A new agricultural center at Murray State University aims to boost funding opportunities for hemp research.