Kentucky Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky Department of Agriculture has opened applications for Kentuckians looking to grow hemp as part of the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program in 2018. 

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Hemp is deeply rooted in Kentucky's history. The commonwealth was once the leading producer of hemp in the United States. The industry faded over time and has been stifled by federal classifications and confusion. Now, two Kentucky congressmen, with support from Kentucky's senators, are looking to lift federal restrictions on the crop. But, as hemp is poised for progress, industry uncertainties remain.

Whitney Jones, WKMS

Kentuckians interested in participating in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program next year are invited to apply to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Whitney Jones, WKMS

Kentucky’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program is expanding as it rolls into its third year.