Kentucky’s Hemp Crops Flourish After Troubled Start

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 for Kentucky.

“It’s exciting,” said University of Kentucky plant researcher David Williams. “It’s new. It has potential. And so it’s very fun. It’s a lot of fun to be involved in something that’s new and potentially possible for Kentucky farmers.”

Williams will harvest UK’s hemp crop in September and compare its growth to 12 other varieties he planted.

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