AppHarvest’s 2 million square-foot greenhouse will rank among the world’s largest,

02-23-2017 AppHarvest to locate high-tech greenhouse in Pikeville, creating 140 jobs on reclaimed mine site Kentucky Press News ServiceFRANKFORT - Agricultural startup AppHarvest plans to build a $50 million high-tech greenhouse, creating 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine repurposed for new industry, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday.“AppHarvest’s project will bring …

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Seminars to provide information on Kentucky’s hemp industry

  Below and attached you will find details for a series of hemp seminars to be held across the state.  The seminars are a collaborative effort of the UK Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation, Kentucky Hemp Industries Association and Kentucky Department of Agriculture.  I highly recommend that participants in our Industrial Hemp Research …

Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly

Link to video: https://youtu.be/rye7J6jnVeEProduced By Navdanya International and FINCADirection, footage and editing by FINCA and ESC The Monsanto Tribunal and the People’s Assembly were held in The Hague from 14th to 16th October 2016. Over the last century giant agribusiness interests which came out of the war industry have poisoned life, our ecosystems, destroyed our …

First new hemp strain bred for US farmers

By: Chris Conrad A new industrial hemp cultivar has passed the THC hemp trials managed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the first hemp seed variety bred for the US to pass a Department of Agriculture hemp trial in any state. Thomas Jefferson was a jealous hempseed breeder who allegedly brought Chinese seeds in from …

From Growing Tobacco to Growing Hemp

Jane Harrod, a farmer in Kentucky, talks about transitioning to a different crop after the U.S. soured on cigarettes. Bourree Lam   Since the 1960s, the number of Americans who smoke has decreased significantly; in 1965, more than 40 percent of adults reported smoking, compared to around 17 percent in 2014. During that same period, …

KY: Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program now taking applications for 2017

New measures set to enable sustained growth of the program FRANKFORT (October 11, 2016) — Kentuckians interested in participating in the industrial hemp research pilot program in 2017 are invited to submit an application with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “The pilot research program will continue to build on the successes of the previous administration …

Bayer and Monsanto: a marriage made in hell

US agriculture giant Monsanto has agreed to a US$66 billion takeover by German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer. If the deal is approved by international regulators, Bayer-Monsanto will become the world’s biggest agribusiness, controlling 29 percent of the global seed market and 24 percent of pesticides. The companies have dismissed widespread concern about the deal …

On 23 Acres of hillside placed in the Appalachian Mountains…

      If I Never Farm Another Day: What 'Sometimes' Farming has Given Me. . . Maybe I am A 'Sometimes' Farmer, frankly. I love a fancy heeled shoe, flash and traveling around for food I didn't prepare. For six long and short years, I have dreaded drought and snow. I have carried milk …

Seed Freedom Call to Action 2016

Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly The Hague 14-16 October We are happy to inform you that Navdanya – along with multiple civil society organizations – is co-organizing a People’s Assembly for the future of food and the future of our planet at the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague from 14th to 16th October 2016. The …

Mike Lewis and the Growing Warriors

By Andrew Baker  - Sep 20, 2016   One of the things I love most about our industry is that it’s constantly being shaken up. Everywhere you look, there’s an individual or a company taking things to a previously unprecedented level. What’s even more amazing is the pace at which things are moving; a pace …

Tobacco continues to green up Kentucky’s economy

        August 3, 2016 Tobacco continues to green up Kentucky’s economy It used to be nearly impossible to drive through Kentucky in August and not see tobacco growing in a field. In the summer of 1998, the leaf crop accounted for 25 percent of the state’s farm cash receipts and was grown …

KDA seeks applications for specialty crop projects

    For Immediate Release Thursday, March 3, 2016For more information contact: Angela Blank(502) 573-0450 FRANKFORT, Ky. – Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced that farmers and other eligible applicants in Kentucky may seek funding from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for producing and marketing “specialty crops.” Specialty crops are defined by the U.S. Department of …

Nearly 3,000 Indiana corn farmers claim in a lawsuit that the Swiss company Syngenta prematurely released a genetically modified seed to market, costing them millions in losses from plummeting corn prices and a Chinese import ban.

According to Keith Orebaugh, lead plaintiff who is seeking class-action status in the lawsuit, the price of corn has plummeted over the last two years since Syngenta introduced a genetically modified corn seed called Agrisure Viptera. Farmers claim the company sold the seed to US farmers and corporations without gaining approval from China, a key …

The hemp industries association; lawrence serbin, president, introduces himself…

Hello everyone! On October 14, 2015 the new board of directors for the Hemp Industries Association had their first board meeting and elected me, Lawrence Serbin to be the new president. Our previous president, Anndrea Hermann will continue to serve on the board of directors. I would first like to applaud Anndrea Hermann for all …

Stars, Stripes, and Hemp Fly over Capitol

By Tim Marema November 11, 2015 A plant the federal law says is a Schedule I controlled substance was used to make the U.S. flag that will fly over the Capitol on Veterans Day. Industrial hemp could be a boon for small farmers, say proponents, including the U.S. veteran who grew the hemp used to …

“Rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to purposes and principles of the United Nations.” HOW THE UNITED NATIONS IS STEALING OUR “UNALIENABLE RIGHTS” TO GROW FOOD AND MEDICINE THROUGH THE U.N. CONVENTION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS AND AGENDA 21.

10/25/2015 Sheree Krider Because of the nature of the Beasts which we are dealing with in regards to the “War on Drugs” in general, but additionally because the Beasts are taking control of plants, food, medications and plant medicines worldwide at will, I feel it is imperative that we confront this issue now. WHILE READING …

2016 Industrial Hemp Project Applications Sought

Applicants must complete an application and submit it to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture no later than Nov. 5, 2015. FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) – Farmers, processors, universities, and others interested in conducting an industrial hemp pilot project in 2016, are invited to apply, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has announced. “The industrial hemp pilot projects have …

KENTUCKY SELLS CORN AND SOYBEANS TO TAIWAN

  Taiwan to buy corn, soybeans Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:23 AM Kentucky Press News Service   FRANKFORT - Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced an agreement between Taiwan and Kentucky farmers to increase corn and soybean exports to the island nation over the next two years. "These agreements between Kentucky farmers and the Republic …

What happened to the hemp crop in kentucky? (It took a trip!)

Low hemp harvest yield expected Story by Lauren Epperson, Contributing writer Emily Harris/The News Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, said problems with this years seeds could lead to a low yielding harvest. By late May, Murray State agriculture students still were awaiting the arrival of the key ingredient to their summer …

‘A grand experiment’, Tobacco farmer’s crop biggest in Ky.,

By Rebecca Walter, New Era Staff Writer Updated Sep 10, 2015   Beside a humming industrial combine, Crofton farmer Kendal Clark gazed across his field, home to the largest hemp crop in Kentucky. During the harvesting process Tuesday, Clark said while the future is foggy, there is great potential for this year’s crop. “It’s been …

Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation

Get your copy of this important book on the Global Research online store! Last three or four years have seen a number of books, documentaries and articles on the dangers of Genetically Modified (GM) seeds. Majority has focused on adverse health and environmental impact; almost none on the geo-politics of GM seeds, and particularly seeds …

Rapid Fire Marketing Enters Industrial Hemp Farm Industry

      CARSON CITY, NV--(Marketwired - Jun 22, 2015) -  Rapid Fire Marketing (OTC PINK: RFMK), a developer and reseller of herbal vaporizers, announced today that the Company has acquired assets, including equipment as well as a land lease, to begin Industrial Hemp farming in California. In addition to the Company's vaporizers, including the …

Local farmer leading the way in growing industrial hemp

By Sheldon Compton scompton@civitasmedia.com HIPPO – Hippo resident Todd Howard had never been employed in his adult life when he was laid off as an engineer for the coal industry in 2010. He had also never farmed a day in his life. All that was about to change. After Howard lost his job as an …

Wyden presses to lift federal ban on industrial hemp

Talks on Senate floor to mark National hemp History Week From KTVZ.COM news sources POSTED: 7:29 PM PDT June 4, 2015  UPDATED: 7:29 PM PDT June 4, 2015   Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., takes to Senate floor to urge colleagues to lift ban on industrial hemp   WASHINGTON - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Thursday …

Banking on industrial hemp

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Dan Dickson Industrial hemp is getting a lot of ink, air time and social media attention in Kentucky lately. In the second year of the state’s hemp pilot program, 121 farmers were selected to grow a total of 1,740 acres of the crop in demonstration projects that industry leaders …

Hemp History Week coming up Events taking place from June 1st -7th, 2015

By Diego Flammini, Farms.com In an effort to raise awareness about hemp and its place as a sustainable, versatile and profitable agricultural product, the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp are putting together the 6th annual Hemp History Week, set to take place from June 1st – 7th, 2015. The weeklong celebration, whose theme …

Do You Know What’s on Your Weed?

If You Care About Ingesting Weed Free of Harmful Pesticides, You Need to Know a Crucial Difference Between Medical and Recreational Marijuana by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue   Before looking into it, I naively assumed Washington State's groundbreaking marijuana legalization law had given us a unique opportunity to do things "right," which meant, to my mind, a …

Myths of cannabis & hemp cross-pollination

Posted on April 8, 2015 | By Vivian McPeak     Note: I invited Joy Beckerman to guest blog on this important issue. The opinions expressed are her own. – Vivian MYTHS & REALITIES OF CROSS-POLLINATION by Joy Beckerman Oh, the irony. On the one hand, marijuana and hemp activists have been tortured for decades …

Farmers, Industry Leaders Excited About Future of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky

KENTUCKY — Kentucky Hemp is coming back. Fiber, seed, fuel, oil, and artisan products are simmering in the recently revived hemp industry.     SEE GRAPHIC HERE Research and debate about bringing hemp back has circulated since the 1990s, when other countries like Canada and Australia re-legalized hemp production. Finally, last year, the 2014 Farm …