Fresh crop: Wilson among Kentucky’s new hemp farmers

Chad Wilson of Cave City stands next a row of industrial hemp he is growing on his farm called the Sacred Seed Farm. He is growing hemp for the cannabidiol or CDB, which is extracted from the plant and can be used to treat certain illnesses. Gina Kinslow / Glasgow Daily Times BY GINA KINSLOW …

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Lab Testing Reveals Enviro Textile’s Hemp Fabric Stops the Spread of Staph Bacteria

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate ReleaseJune 19th, 2013Glenwood Springs, CO Lab Testing Reveals EnviroTextile’s Hemp Fabric Stops the Spread of Staph BacteriaHemp Marches Towards Military and Health Care ApplicationsRampant staph infections continue to cost lives unnecessarily.  One powerful weapon to fight this scourge is being successfully deployed by China’s military: industrial hemp.  Staph is spread …

UofL’s ‘energy crops’ harvested for research

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov, 1, 2017) – Someday, a 3-D printed medical implant made from hemp oil may save your life, or a hemp-based biofuel may power your vehicle.Those are just the tip of the iceberg of possible outcomes of work being done at the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, where on …

Hemp Program Now Taking Applications for 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2018 growing season.“I am proud to report that our program participants grew more than 3,200 acres of hemp this year, the most …

Hope for Hemp: Cave City family sees future in new crop

Hannah McCarthyin Feature Long Reads Story and photos by Hannah McCarthy Just 2 miles outside of downtown Cave City, Kentucky, the landscape quickly turns from old brick and mortar to farmhouses and dirt roads. Down one such dirt road, a 45-acre plot of land rests nestled between patches of trees, large stretches of wildflowers and tall …

Company to process hemp, other fiber receives state dollars

For Immediate Release April 13, 2017 Company to process hemp, other fiber receives state dollars FRANKFORT—A Kentucky-based company looking to process the fiber of around 750 acres of hemp and the jute-like plant kenaf has been approved for $381,500 in state funds to expand its processing facility. The Louisville-based Sunstrand received the Kentucky Agricultural Development …

Kentucky Hempsters | April 2017

    Springing into hemp season!   April showers mean May planting is right around the corner! We're excited to spring into year four of Kentucky hemp crops, and can't wait to show you the progress that has taken place through the hemp pilot program over the past three seasons! Last month, our state took …

Hemp Lobby Day Report

  Vote Hemp held a fly-in in Washington, DC on March 1st in coordination with Hemp On the Hill. Attendees included 55 farmers, business owners and advocates who engaged in more than 80 meetings with Senate and House members and staff. A number of attendees were able to meet with their representatives including Senators Grassley, …

ORGANIC HEMP IS IN DEMAND BUT CURRENTLY IT CANNOT BE CERTIFIED IN THE U.S.

  ORGANIC HEMP IS IN DEMAND BUT CURRENTLY IT CANNOT BE CERTIFIED IN THE U.S. HELP US CHANGE THIS! See "Take Action" Section Below to Act Now. Your participation in this call-to-action is crucial to our collective progress regarding organic certification of domestic hemp production. Currently, hemp cultivated in the U.S. per Sec. 7606 Farm …

Hemp Industries Association Sues DEA For Ignoring 9th Circuit Decision in HIA v. DEA (& Please sign this petition for Hemp)

Hemp Industries Association Sues DEA For Ignoring 9th Circuit Decision in HIA v. DEA In 2001, the DEA issued new rules to ban hemp foods despite the fact that Congress had exempted them in the Controlled Substances Act. The HIA, Dr. Bronner's, Nutiva and other plaintiffs went to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to …

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 …

A Kentucky-based hemp seed grower is the first company to have its seeds approved and officially certified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

    Blair Miller DENVER – A Kentucky-based hemp seed grower is the first company to have its seeds approved and officially certified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Lexington, Kentucky-based Schiavi Seeds LLC had three separate seed varieties certified as CDA Approved Certified Seeds under the new program, which aims to promote hemp agriculture …

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 …

Kentucky Congressmen Seek Clarification on Federal Hemp Rules

By Matt Markgraf • Oct 27, 2016 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. Senator Rand Paul and Representatives Thomas Massie and John Yarmuth signed a letter to The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Drug Enforcement Administration …

More executive overreach? Lawmakers say Obama hemp policy is a buzzkill for research

  Kentucky is one of 28 states that permit the production of industrial hemp. Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader By Curtis Tate ctate@mcclatchydc.com   You can’t get high from smoking hemp, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers says states and universities growing it for research could get busted if they cross state lines with it. Three …

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 …

Kentucky Should Not Wait For Federal Permission on Industrial Hemp

There are right ways to fight the unconstitutional federal prohibition on industrial hemp. There are also wrong ways to do it. Unfortunately, Kentucky is doing it the wrong way. Rather than act without unnecessary federal “permission,” the agriculture commissioner is pleading with the feds to “reconsider” its rules for industrial hemp. The feds recently put …

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 …

New U.S. Agriculture policy could halt some Kentucky hemp growth

By Charles Mason, Bowling Green Daily News, Possibly half of Kentucky’s nascent industrial hemp industry could be harmed by a policy suggestion offered by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack and other federal officials. The policy suggestion is part of a larger discussion over the future of industrial hemp in America, which exists in legal limbo. …

Denied hemp growers claim they were unfairly excluded

Jackson French Jul 15, 2016   AAcross Kentucky, people who have been denied permission to grow hemp have accused former Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer of refusing applications for political reasons – an allegation Comer has rejected. David Barhorst, owner of Kentucky Hemp Ventures Inc., who said he was denied a memorandum of understanding to …

Genius Extraction Technologies, a California company the produces hemp and cannabis oil extraction equipment, announced plans to build a new $400,000 hemp processing facility in Winchester

    The Sunday Drive: Kentucky, others getting on board with hemp Posted: Monday, July 11, 2016 11:37 am By Steve Foley The Winchester Sun | 1 comment Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act established in 2014 is quickly making it’s presence felt here in the Bluegrass. That, my friends, is a good thing. The …

“Your ad wasn’t approved because the body/title text used in the ad promotes the use or sale of illegal drugs,”

Why Did Facebook Block Our Reporting On Hemp? By Jeff Young • 18 hours ago     Hey, Mark Zuckerberg, can we talk about hemp? No, really, I’m asking: can we? Because a recent experience with Facebook left the impression that reporting on the plant used in products from soap to rope is taboo. Verboten. …

UK Industrial Hemp Field Day August 11th

Industrial Hemp Contacts: Below you will find a message from the UK industrial hemp research team regarding their field day on August 11.  Please contact the individuals listed below if you have any questions. Thanks, Doris The 2016 UK industrial hemp research field day will be held Thursday 11 August.    The event is free …

Kentucky hemp has growing market potential, panel told

For Immediate Release July 6, 2016 Kentucky hemp has growing market potential, panel told FRANKFORT—More than half of Kentucky’s industrial hemp crop this year can be traced to nineteen counties, 58 farmers and one company in Winchester. With 23,000 pounds of imported hemp seed destined for 2,466 acres, Atalo Holdings is a superpower in hemp …

“Hemp! Hemp! Hoka he!” – Alex White Plume

  Oglala Hemp Grower Counts Coup On Feds David Rooks 3/31/16 “Hemp! Hemp! Hoka he!” – Alex White Plume This past Monday, at 1:30 p.m., David Franco, longtime member of Alex White Plume’s legal team, reached White Plume at his home north of Manderson, South Dakota with the news: “You won, Alex! We won! It’s …

The Man Who Brought Hemp to Kentucky (Gatewood Galbraith)

By Sarah Baird on January 12, 2015   After decades of being demonized and damned, hemp is now officially sprouting its way back into Kentucky’s good graces. Since the successful cultivation of the state’s first small-but-mighty legal “research” hemp crop early last year, politicians on both sides of the aisle have been eating hemp bars, …

George Washington, Champion of Growing Hemp

February 16, 2016 Washington Inseparable from Hemp by Joe Klare The recent occasion of Presidents Day allows us to take some time to look back on Presidents of yore and discuss the things they championed. When you talk about the Father of our Country, George Washington, you really can’t have a discussion of his life …

Legalizing Weed: 4 Agricultural Benefits of Industrial Hemp Cultivation

By Andrea Miller   |   Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015 06:56 PM As legalizing weed becomes more and more prevalent among U.S. states, industrial hemp cultivation is one such change that has the potential to benefit the farming industry. For agriculture to continue to be a viable industry in the U.S., profound change is needed in order …