Kentucky Department of Agriculture Looking For Hemp Growers For 2015

"We're looking to conduct a wide scope of pilot projects in 2015. When the day comes that commercial hemp production is open to all producers and processors in Kentucky, we want to be ready."

KENTUCKY:  The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is taking applications for next year’s industrial hemp pilot projects. Potential growers must apply by Jan. 1; farmers who are chosen will be notified in late January. “The first round of pilot projects with the universities and individual farmers in 2014 yielded a tremendous amount of data about production Read the full article…

Marijuana A Savior, And A Stigma, For Revived Hemp Crop

Fort Lupton's PureVision Technology wants to process hemp stalks for consumer-product manufacturing and plans large-scale biorefinery in Oregon.

KENTUCKY:  Jim Barton is finally harvesting a crop of hemp, the cannabis variety used in colonial times to make rope, sailcloth and other goods. But the 80-year-old Kentucky farmer isn’t celebrating the successful drive to loosen marijuana laws that also moved Congress to allow pilot plots of his non-intoxicating version of the plant. “Marijuana has Read the full article…

Ohio Residents Join Legal Hemp Harvest In Kentucky, Touting Jobs Creation, Brain Food

The agricultural excitement spurred some of Ohio's long-time hemp advocates to travel south to meet the farmers and gain first-hand experience with the plant that cannabis prohibition has kept out of American fields until very recently. -

OHIO:  For the first time in two generations, the Industrial Hemp crop has been legally harvested in Kentucky. The hemp plots were grown in compliance with Kentucky state law and in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the 2014 US Farm Bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) that authorized hemp cultivation for research purposes in states that Read the full article…

University Of Kentucky Researchers Harvest Hemp Crop

UK’s research project included 13 different varieties managed for either fiber production or seed production.

KENTUCKY:   University of Kentucky researchers have harvested the university’s first hemp crop in decades. “It was a good growing season for many crops, not just hemp,” said David Williams, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment agronomist and co-project lead. “Precipitation was excellent this year and more than adequate for growth. The only downside to the growing season Read the full article…

Kentucky’s Hemp Crops Flourish After Troubled Start

At Kentucky's Murray State, researchers say some of their plants have reached 14 feet in height.

KENTUCKY:  It took a legal fight just to get the seeds in the ground, but two months later, Kentucky’s first legal hemp crops in decades are flourishing. The hemp plants have grown from 6 to 16 feet in two months and researchers say that’s a good sign for what could be a new cash crop Read the full article…

Hemp Crop Takes Root In Kentucky

Kentucky's first hemp crop takes root.

KENTUCKY:  A month after the seeds for Kentucky’s first legal hemp crop were released to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, hundreds of leafy plants are growing in research fields across Kentucky. After initial fears that government holdups on delivering the seed would limit growers’ ability to get a good crop, seeds were released and planted Read the full article…

Are Feds Trying To Run Down Clock On Kentucky Hemp Seeds?

Rainer Nowotny, managing director of Hanffaser Uckermark eG., checks the quality of hemp plants July 27, 2013, in Prenzlau, Germany. The company produces insulating material and animal bedding out of hemp.

KENTUCKY:  With just about two weeks until the end of planting season, Kentucky’s Agriculture Department agreed Friday to jump through a federal agency’s hoops so it can get hemp seeds that already are in the state. State officials say they will file a four-page application for a one-page federal permit to obtain industrial hemp seeds that U.S. Customs Read the full article…

Hemp Seeds Could Be In Kentucky Hands By weekend

The U.S. is unquestionably the largest market for hemp products

KENTUCKY:  Federal officials could release a 250-pound shipment of hemp seeds to Kentucky by the end of the week, according to a spokeswoman for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. The shipment arrived in Louisville last week, but the Drug Enforcement Agency told Comer his department would have to apply for a Schedule I controlled substance Read the full article…

DEA Seizes Kentucky’s Hemp Seeds Despite Congressional Legalization

The DEA has offered a wide variety of explanations to Kentucky officials perplexed at the seizure. "They're interpreting the law a hundred different ways," Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (R) told HuffPost. "The only way they're not interpreting it is the way it actually reads."

KENTUCKY: The Drug Enforcement Administration has seized a batch of seeds that were intended to be part of the launch of Kentucky’s legal hemp industry following congressional legalization of the crop for research purposes. The DEA has offered a wide variety of explanations to Kentucky officials perplexed at the seizure. “They’re interpreting the law a Read the full article…

Time For New Look At Marijuana

KENTUCKY:  The Kentucky General Assembly made history last week. For the first time ever a bill to legalize marijuana for medical use advanced when, on a nine to five vote, HB 350 cleared the House Health and Welfare Committee. Also last week, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved SB 124 with only one no Read the full article…