industrial hemp http://wkms.org en What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy? http://wkms.org/post/what-role-can-hemp-play-kentuckys-future-ag-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a cool, overcast afternoon at Gaining Grounds Farm, about 60 miles south of Lexington. About 90 people, many of them veterans, farmers, or a combination thereof, are seated under a makeshift tent, taking refuge from a light rain that’s drizzling Gaining Ground's undulating 425 acres.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:36:25 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40943 at http://wkms.org What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy? 'Growing Warriors' To Begin Planting Hemp This Week http://wkms.org/post/growing-warriors-begin-planting-hemp-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Kentucky military veteran farmers say they will plant a crop of hemp seeds this week following a federal court hearing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Agriculture Department had sued the Drug Enforcement Agency over the DEA's seizure of hemp seeds imported for research. A judge ruled that the seeds can be released with the proper permits.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:19:44 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40652 at http://wkms.org 'Growing Warriors' To Begin Planting Hemp This Week Lawsuit over Hemp Seeds Heard Today http://wkms.org/post/lawsuit-over-hemp-seeds-heard-today <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner says he’s looking forward to a court hearing today&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">over his department’s lawsuit against the federal government. James Comer sued three government agencies—including the U.S. Justice Department—over a 250 pound shipment of hemp seeds being held by federal customs officials in Louisville.</span></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 11:25:39 +0000 Kevin Willis (KPR) 40606 at http://wkms.org Lawsuit over Hemp Seeds Heard Today Hemp Seeds Face One Final Hurdle Before Making Into Kentucky Soil http://wkms.org/post/hemp-seeds-face-one-final-hurdle-making-kentucky-soil <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">A shipment of hemp seeds from Italy has made it to Kentucky, but there’s a problem.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Customs officials in Louisville have so far refused to release the 250 pound shipment to the state Agriculture Department.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 19:40:34 +0000 Kevin Willis (Kentucky Public Radio) 40427 at http://wkms.org Hemp Seeds Face One Final Hurdle Before Making Into Kentucky Soil Kentucky Hemp Research Project Looms Near http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-hemp-research-project-looms-near <p>As the first of five Kentucky hemp research tests draws near, local farmers and officials are considering the plant’s economic viability.</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Parker Franklin 40343 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Hemp Research Project Looms Near McConnell: Hemp Seeds May Come from Ukraine as Planting Deadline Looms http://wkms.org/post/mcconnell-hemp-seeds-may-come-ukraine-planting-deadline-looms <p>Kentucky universities with permission to grow industrial hemp are hitting roadblocks to obtain seeds, as planting season nears an end.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:50:13 +0000 John Null 39915 at http://wkms.org McConnell: Hemp Seeds May Come from Ukraine as Planting Deadline Looms AG Conway Offers to Assist With Pilot Hemp Project http://wkms.org/post/ag-conway-offers-assist-pilot-hemp-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is offering to assist hemp supporters as the state prepares for the start of a hemp-growing pilot program this year. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; text-indent: 48px;">The pilot projects were made possible by the passage of the United States Farm Bill that was signed into law by the President on Feb. 7.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:33:20 +0000 The Associated Press 38702 at http://wkms.org AG Conway Offers to Assist With Pilot Hemp Project Industrial Hemp Provision Makes It into Farm Bill http://wkms.org/post/industrial-hemp-provision-makes-it-farm-bill <p></p><p>An amendment legalizing hemp production for research has made it into the Farm Bill that will be up for a vote soon in Congress.&nbsp;The amendment, co-sponsored by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, allows universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for study purposes. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:49:53 +0000 Lisa Autry (KPR) 38332 at http://wkms.org Industrial Hemp Provision Makes It into Farm Bill Hemp Supporters Rally In Washington, Conway Wants Discussion With Ag Commissioner http://wkms.org/post/hemp-supporters-rally-washington-conway-wants-discussion-ag-commissioner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of Vote Hemp and other groups are descending on the nation’s capital for Hemp Lobby Day to convince Congress to lift a federal ban on the plant for industrial use.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:54:48 +0000 Jonathan Meador 36665 at http://wkms.org Hemp Supporters Rally In Washington, Conway Wants Discussion With Ag Commissioner Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-house-speaker-greg-stumbo-leaning-towards-medical-marijuana-legalization <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A leading Kentucky politician is weighing the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Greg </span>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said today he's leaning toward supporting the use of medicinal marijuana and that the topic is worth debating.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the General Assembly in the past but has never received the support needed to pass.</span></p><p>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> raised the issue after Attorney General Jack Conway sent an advisory letter to Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other state leaders to clarify current law related to marijuana’s cousin, hemp.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:42:15 +0000 Rob Canning & The Associated Press 35186 at http://wkms.org Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization