Hemp

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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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A $69 million lawsuit over control of Owensboro-based hemp processing company Bluegrass Bioextracts has been settled amid controversy surrounding the company not paying out potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts to hemp farmers.

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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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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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  The year: 2009. A Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama has just made history upon taking the presidential oath of office. The national economy is at a low point in the Great Recession. And the Pittsburgh Steelers are the first NFL team to win six Super Bowls.

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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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