11:46 am
Fri May 15, 2015

2nd Year of Hemp Production at University of Kentucky Begins

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The second year of Kentucky's research hemp production is underway. 

The planting season officially kicked off Thursday at the University of Kentucky demonstration site.  Statewide, about a thousand acres of hemp will be planted, compared to 33 acres last season.  

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4:29 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Farmers To Join Universities This Year In Industrial Hemp Growing Projects

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Around 120 Kentucky farmers will grow hemp this year as the state enters its second of five years of hemp research and testing as allowed under the Farm Bill.

Adam Watson is the industrial hemp program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. He says though growing hemp commercially isn’t legal yet, there’s growing interest in the crop.

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10:06 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Kentucky Seeking Hemp Growers for 2015

WKU Assistant Gardener Jenny Comer assists agriculture student Corinn Sprigler with cutting down hemp plants on the WKU farm.

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 4:25 pm

The application window is now open for Kentucky farmers and processors who want to grow hemp for research in 2015. 

Several Kentucky universities, including WKU, grew hemp this year for the first time in decades.  The application deadline for the next round  is January 1.

The first round of pilot projects yielded a lot of data about production methods, seed varieties, and processing techniques. 

"This past year we were as far west as Murray and as far east as Bath County.  We'd like to see that continuation or even expansion on either end," said Adam Watson, Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.  "Definitely, we have different growing environments in Kentucky."

Applications are available on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's website at www.kyagr.com/hemp.  Applicants who are selected will undergo background checks and site visits.

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4:42 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Six Months After Legislature Allows CBD Trials for Epilepsy, Doctors Still Jumping Through Hoops

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More than six months after Kentucky lawmakers passed legislation allowing limited trials for cannabidiol epilepsy treatments, doctors have not been able to begin them.

Kosair Children’s Hospital Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Director Karen Skjei says she is waiting on FDA approval for the trials. She says one potential obstacle is if the agency requires trials with animals before testing the treatment for people.

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3:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Kentucky Biofuels Division Director Outlines Rewnewable Energy Plan

MSU Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon gives update on KDA Hemp Project at Bioenergy Day event
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Murray State University hosts representatives from Frankfort and statewide agencies in the energy sector today for an observance of National Bioenergy Day (#bioenergyday) at the Equine Center. Sessions include conversations on energy strategies involving advanced biofuels, woody biomass and the first modern legal harvest of industrial hemp in Kentucky (today at Murray State).

The observance also includes the official lighting of Murray State's bio-burners and the announcement of a state wood energy grant. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte gets the details from Tim Hughes, Director of the Division of Biofuels of the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence. 

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3:08 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Kentucky's First Legal Hemp Crop in Decades Harvested at UK Research Farm

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For the first time in decades, hemp has been legally harvested from Kentucky soil. The cutting of the test plot happened Tuesday on a University of Kentucky farm.

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9:13 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Murray State Hemp Crop Ready for Harvest in October

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Murray State University School of Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon says the school’s first industrial hemp crop should be ready for harvest in mid-October.

He says they have begun bringing in seed, some of it for research purposes, and that the agriculture school already has plans for the harvested crop.

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4:03 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

MSU School of Agriculture: Record Enrollment, Hemp Crop Update

"It's a good time for agriculture and an even better time to be at Murray State in agriculture," says the Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon. He joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about another record year of enrollment, a new high profile crop approaching harvest and a fundraising gala for The Arboretum.

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12:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Want To Grow Hemp in Tennessee? There Are Some Hoops to Jump Through

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has just proposed rules for farmers wanting to grow hemp, and they’re pretty strict.

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2:41 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Kentucky May Provide Loans to Lure Hemp Processors

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Kentucky’s burgeoning hemp industry may receive a shot in the arm later this year if the state changes a loan program for agricultural processors. 

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