Hemp

D-Kuru, Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky's Ag Commissioner is asking the United States Department of Agriculture to reconsider its latest set of rules regarding industrial hemp.

Last month, Ryan Quarles said he would be reviewing the USDA's 'Statement of Principles' to see how it relates to Kentucky's own pilot hemp research program.

Stu Johnson, WEKU News

A mixture of history and present day agricultural interests are interwoven on the grounds of Ashland near downtown Lexington.  Henry Clay’s estate was home to an education-based hemp harvest Tuesday.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  A federal opinion on industrial hemp research programs may provide new opportunities in Kentucky.  

Ebony Clark, WKMS

Murray State University hosted a Hemp Education and Field Day Thursday, August 4th, giving area residents insight on the hemp plots being grown at the university.

Whitney Jones, WKMS

Murray State University will host a Hemp Education and Field Day held at the Curris Center next month. 

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

Hemp has been used legally for years in products that display the US Department of Agriculture’s Organic Seal--as long as those products are imported. Any hemp based product originating from a domestic crop is banned from carrying this same organic certification. Kentucky Department of Agriculture Officials have said such a ban is a discriminatory act.

Why Did Facebook Block Our Reporting On Hemp?

Jul 8, 2016

Hey, Mark Zuckerberg, can we talk about hemp? No, really, I’m asking: can we? Because a recent experience with Facebook left the impression that reporting on the plant used in products from soap to rope is taboo. Verboten. The leaf that dare not speak its name.

High Hopes For Hemp

Jun 27, 2016
Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

Farmers throughout the Ohio Valley want to revive a crop that was once a staple in the region: hemp. After a ban that lasted more than half a century, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp in research programs. Growers and processors in Kentucky are aggressively putting that research program to work in hopes of winning a share of the booming market for hemp products. 

Kentucky Hemp Works via Facebook

A western Kentucky business is bringing industrial hemp to market. Kentucky Hemp Works has opened a processing facility in Christian County.

Whitney Jones, WKMS

Kentucky’s industrial hemp market is growing as the state’s pilot program continues into its third year. As of February, there were 36 hemp processors in the state. That number is up 10 from last year.

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