Hemp

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

U.S. Congressman James Comer says his bill to loosen hemp regulations will likely get more attention in the House now that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to file a companion bill in the Senate.

Ryland Barton, WFPL

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to revive hemp as a major agricultural product in the U.S. and plans to file a bill to remove hemp from the federal list of controlled substances.

Ryland Barton, WFPL, cropped

The U.S. Senate's top leader said Monday he wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the controlled substances list that now associates the crop with its cousin — marijuana.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Construction is underway on a nearly $40 million, 75,000 square-foot hemp processing facility in Carlisle County. California-based company Kings Royal Biotech and Chinese partners Hemp Investment Group (HMI Group) joined local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday afternoon. 

Courtesy of Keith Taylor

A California-based company is breaking ground next week on a $30 million hemp CBD extraction factory in far west Kentucky. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky’s industrial hemp research program is on a trajectory for growth with highest number of approved applicants this year.  Hemp’s association with Marijuana however, remains a  hurdle for producers.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has approved up to 12,018 acres for growers to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes in 2018. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

U.S. Congressman James Comer discussed at a town hall in Mayfield on Thursday the Alexander-Murray health care compromise, government spending, adoptions from foreign countries, industrial hemp and other issues with an audience of around 30 constituents. 

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. 

Courtesy of Keith Taylor

  A California company hopes to develop a $30M  hemp processing plant in western Kentucky.

Kings Royal Biotech of San Diego, California along with an unnamed Chinese partner plan to begin the processing of more than a thousand acres of hemp in Carlisle and Hickman Counties, with the 2018 Hemp harvest.

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