Yesterday at 12:10 pm the WSDA Industrial Hemp Coordinator, Emily Febles, was served with a lawsuit filed against both the WSDA and herself…

Steve Sarich with Eddy Lepp and 94 others.May 23 at 3:42pm · PLEASE SHARE FAR AND WIDE!Yesterday at 12:10 pm the WSDA Industrial Hemp Coordinator, Emily Febles, was served with a lawsuit filed against both the WSDA and the herself, both individually, and in her capacity at the WSDA.The lawsuit filed by John Worthington is …

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Lawmakers eye THC content of state’s industrial hemp

For Immediate Release May 3, 2017 Lawmakers eye THC content of state’s industrial hemp FRANKFORT—Industrial hemp legally grown in Kentucky is not considered marijuana. It has only a fraction of THC—or tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive compound—found in marijuana. And state regulators aim to keep it that way. Around 100 pounds of industrial hemp grown under Kentucky’s …

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 approves 12,800 acres for hemp planting in 2017, tripling the previous year’s figures

Growers must pass background check WCPO Staff 6:46 AM, Jan 6, 2017 FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has approved 209 applications from growers who have been approved to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly tripling the number of acres that were approved for …

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 …

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 …

Hemp in Mason County

MARLA TONCRAY marla.toncray@lee.net     It may look like similar to a marijuana plant, but industrial hemp is quite different from its relative. Industrial hemp production in Kentucky is back under a pilot program introduced in the Farm Bill legislation of 2014.  Under the language of that law, farmers in Kentucky and other states began …

Kentucky hemp was king before steamships, free trade and reefer madness

Widely used fiber plant was key to Lexington’s early wealth and prosperity Ropewalks and bag factories once stood amid city’s historic neighborhoods FBI later went to UK historians seeking evidence slaves, field hands got high     By Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com   Hemp has been branded an outlaw for decades because it looks like its …

Soon Hemp May Be A Tradable Commodity With Startup Seed CX

by  Erin Griffith @eringriffith February 17, 2016, 1:00 AM EST   You can trade gold and pork belly futures, why not hemp? Raising venture capital is difficult for any first-time founders with a company that hasn’t yet launched. Multiply that by 100 when your startup has any tangential relationship to cannabis. It is no surprise, …

Legislation to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana is unlikely to be addressed during this legislative session in Kentucky

    Legislation to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana is unlikely to be addressed during this legislative session in Kentucky. That's according to the committee's chairman who's handling the proposal. So what about the state's hemp pilot program? Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was in Owensboro Wednesday. He says he expects 200 farmers to plant more …

Virginia House Passes Bill to Authorize Hemp Farming, 98-0

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 26, 2016) – Today, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to authorize the farming, and production of industrial hemp in the state for commercial purposes, setting the foundation for further action. The vote was 98-0. Introduced by Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Norge), House Bill 699 (HB699) would amend current state law …

The United States is currently the only industrialized nation where hemp production is illegal

Legalizing Weed: 4 Facts About the Industrial Hemp Farming Act By Andrea Miller   |   Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 05:53 PM Though it’s often confused with the movement for legalizing weed, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 is actually a separate movement specifically for cannabis sativa plants cultivated for development and production of hemp products. …

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 …

Kentucky Farmers Ready for Growth of Hemp Industry

By Janet Patton | November 4, 2015 Tucked away off a narrow country road in Clark County, Kentucky, in the middle of a farm, 27 acres of hemp grew all summer. Now, the plants will be harvested and processed. Kentucky, hailed as a leader by industrial hemp advocates, has grown the hemp. Now the state …

LISTEN: Newsweek Writer Discusses Kentucky’s ‘Great Hemp Experiment’

      Originally published on October 14, 2015 6:09 am Newsweek reporter Jessica Firger recently wrote a story in which she described the challenges for Kentucky farmers growing the plant. On Tuesday, Firger discussed with Kentucky Public Radio how the state’s fledgling hemp industry is providing an alternative for down-and-out tobacco farmers in the …

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 …

Hemp harvest begins

Kentucky State researchers begin to bring in school’s 1st crop By Brent Schanding, Published: September 25, 2015 8:20AM Kentucky State University researchers on Wednesday began harvesting the school’s first hemp crop at the Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm on Mills Lane off U.S. 127 South. They spent about four hours in the field …

"Welcome to Kentucky, the leading industrial hemp-producing state"

    By Janet Patton jpatton1@herald-leader.com September 28, 2015 Hemp has come a long way, increasing from 33 acres in 2014 — the first legal crop in Kentucky — to more than 922 acres planted this year. "Welcome to Kentucky, the leading industrial hemp-producing state in the country. It feels good to say that," Agriculture …

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 …

County’s 1st hemp seeds of 2015 planted

More, bigger plots coming, advocate says By Eli Pace, New Era editor       If last year’s industrial hemp planting was a trial run, this year Christian County hemp farmers are going all out with what’s expected to be 85 total acres of the crop spread across four local pilot projects. The first pilot …

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 …

the first year of state-sanctioned industrial hemp farming under the Farm Bill succeeded, and the pilot program’s second year promises to be bigger and better

On May 5th 2015, James Comer, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), held a press conference in a Lexington-based tobacco facility belonging to G.F. Vaughan, the last remaining tobacco processor in Kentucky. His message was historic, his location symbolic: the first year of state-sanctioned industrial hemp farming under the Farm Bill succeeded, and …

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 …

AMERICAN GREEN, INC.

American Green Inc (OTCMKTS:ERBB) recently released that the first of five ZaZZZ machines currently slated for Kentucky made headlines at the state’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Update in Lexington. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture invited American Green marketing partner Chris Smith of Green Remedy (http://www.greenremedy.com) to talk about the future …

Film screening promotes Hemp History Week

By Whitney Leggett The Winchester Sun       Marijuana’s misunderstood cousin is making a comeback in Kentucky and on a local level. In 2013, the Bluegrass State became the first to legalize hemp production. Riding on the support of U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, along with Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, the legislation …

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 …

UK Plants Hemp Research Plots

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15, 2015) — Agronomists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment began planting their 2015 hemp research plots May 14 on the university’s Spindletop Research Farm. This is the second year for UK to conduct industrial hemp research. 2014 was the first year that hemp was legally grown …