Hemp

Hemp
10:36 am
Fri May 30, 2014

What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy?

Hemp seeds in plant
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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.

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Government
10:19 am
Mon May 19, 2014

'Growing Warriors' To Begin Planting Hemp This Week

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A group of Kentucky military veteran farmers say they will plant a crop of hemp seeds this week following a federal court hearing.

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. 

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Government
4:42 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Comer Sues Federal Government Over Hemp Seed Seizure

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week.

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Government
3:15 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Kentucky's Hemp Saga Appears Headed for Court

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  The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is preparing to go to court to get 250 pounds of hemp seeds released to the state.  The seeds, imported from Italy, are being held at a UPS warehouse in Louisville.  The Drug Enforcement Administration argues a special permit is needed from the federal agency, despite language in the Farm Bill.                                               

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Agriculture
2:40 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Hemp Seeds Face One Final Hurdle Before Making Into Kentucky Soil

Hemp Seeds
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A shipment of hemp seeds from Italy has made it to Kentucky, but there’s a problem.

Customs officials in Louisville have so far refused to release the 250 pound shipment to the state Agriculture Department.

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Government
4:24 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Kentucky Hemp Research Project Looms Near

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As the first of five Kentucky hemp research tests draws near, local farmers and officials are considering the plant’s economic viability.

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Government
2:33 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

AG Conway Offers to Assist With Pilot Hemp Project

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.  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.

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Government
2:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Industrial Hemp Provision Makes It into Farm Bill

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An amendment legalizing hemp production for research has made it into the Farm Bill that will be up for a vote soon in Congress. The amendment, co-sponsored by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, allows universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for study purposes.

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Government
11:38 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Inquire Into DEA's Policy On Hemp

Kentucky officials are again approaching the United States Drug Enforcement Administration about growing industrial hemp in the state. 

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Government
7:19 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Rand Paul, James Comer to Notify Justice Department That Hemp Permits May Start in Kentucky

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 2:14 pm

Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer are playing a game of chicken with the federal government over the growing of industrial hemp in the state.

Encouraged by the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission, Comer and Paul plan to draft a letter to U.S. Department of Justice indicating that Kentucky will proceed with adopting regulations and issuing permits for farmers to begin planting the controversial crop as early as next February, unless they are told otherwise.

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