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Department of Agriculture to host first Hemp Summit Dec. 4 at Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) will host a Kentucky Hemp Summit on Dec. 4 for those interested in learning more about the hemp industry, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. “We decided to host a Kentucky Hemp Summit so that Kentuckians can learn more about this crop that connects the Commonwealth’s past to its future,” Quarles said. “The Summit will feature...

Rural Blog: Department of Agriculture publishes rules allowing widespread production of hemp

The Department of Agriculture has published a final rule allowing farmers to legally begin widespread hemp production. It has “requirements for licensing, maintaining records on the land where hemp will be grown, testing the levels of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana that causes a high — and disposing of plants” that could, David Pitt reports for The Associated Press. The rule...

Kentucky hemp program application period for 2020 opens Nov. 15 with new online application

Kentucky hemp growers and processors may apply for a hemp license from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) hemp program for 2020 beginning Nov. 15, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. Ryan Quarles “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our hemp program,” Quarles said. “We are making significant changes to the application process for the 2020 growing season...

GenCanna Global continues Kentucky expansion with $40 million hemp processing facility in Mayfield

Graves County Economic Development and its partners have announceedd that vertically integrated hemp-derived cannabidiol manufacturer GenCanna Global USA, Inc. will create an additional 80+ jobs for Kentuckians with a new $40 million multi-purpose processing facility in Mayfield. “It has been a pleasure working with GenCanna during their site selection process and we are thrilled they have selected...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Rural Kentucky landowners asked to be on lookout for wild pigs on their property

Landowners in southeastern Henry County recently received a letter from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) asking for help in locating the remaining wild pigs in the county. “In the last three years we have prioritized four areas across the state to concentrate our efforts,” said wildlife biologist John Hast, program coordinator for the department’s wild pig eradication...