Hemp

Nicole Erwin / WKMS

Lawmakers in Springfield have been considering a bill that would allow Illinois farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Whitney Jones, WKMS

The University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy is planting more hemp this year at the school’s Belknap Campus.

Joseph Kelly, Murray KY

  Applicants for Kentucky’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program will have the chance to appear before an appeals panel under a new process in a bill awaiting the Governor’s signature.

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved modifications in Kentucky's industrial hemp research program.  Proponents say the measure seeks to better align the state’s effort with federal research exemptions in the farm bill.

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

Two Republican Kentucky congressmen and two Democrats host a bipartisan industrial hemp expo at the U.S. Capitol tomorrow. First district Representative James Comer and Thomas Massie of the fourth district join Democrats Jared Polis of Colorado and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon. 

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While Congressman James Comer has served as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and spent more than a decade in the Kentucky House of Representatives, he is new to Washington D.C., having won the District 1 seat in western Kentucky last November, formerly held by Rep. Ed Whitfield. Comer stopped by WKMS on his way to a speaking engagement to speak with Matt Markgraf about his thoughts on President Trump, legislative priorities, trade deals and hemp.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  Kentucky officials are expecting a significant jump in hemp cultivation during 2017.  By years end, compared to a year ago, hemp acreage could grow three times.

Whitney Jones, WKMS

Three members of Kentucky’s U.S. Congressional delegation joined 16 other members of Congress in a letter Wednesday seeking clarification from federal agencies regarding industrial hemp guidelines.

Whitney Jones, WKMS

Kentuckians interested in participating in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program next year are invited to apply to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Joseph Kelly, Murray KY

  A new electronic trading platform for emerging commodities is setting the stage for Hemp to enter the trade market. Seed CX is a swap execution facility regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Affiliates met with industry leaders in Chicago early this week to discuss the future of hemp.

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