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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: Hemp boom has arrived, but economists advise farmers, investors to act with caution

The hemp boom has arrived with legalization under the new Farm Bill, especially with the new market for cannabidiol (CBD) preparations, but annual growth is likely to remain stable, and production may be concentrated “in relatively few states where hemp can be grown at the lowest cost of production and transported shorter distances for processing,” write University of Kentucky agricultural...

Sec. Quarles: As we celebrate Hemp History Week; let’s help Kentucky make its own mark

This week Americans celebrate Hemp History Week. Here in Kentucky, we know industrial hemp is a crop that connects our past to our future. A quick survey of the crop’s history proves it is time for us to make our own mark on hemp history and allow it to flourish. Quarles The history of the United States is entwined with hemp’s history. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are believed to have...

Cannabidiol manufacturer Kings Royal Biotech breaks ground on 140-Job Facility in Carlisle County

Kings Royal Biotech Inc. (KRB), a manufacturer of cannabidiol isolate, has broken ground on its $30 million-plus facility in the Western Kentucky city of Bardwell, a project expected to create 140 full-time jobs. KRB will build its 75,000-square-foot building on nearly nine acres in Carlisle County. The facility will use state-of-the-art methods to extract, refine and re-crystallize cannabidiol (CBD)...

Pew Trusts: This extract Is driving a hemp gold rush in states like Kentucky, but Issues of legality remain

By Sophie Quinton Pew Charitable Trusts In a few months, Dani Fontaine Billings will plant 80 acres of hemp at her farm in Longmont, Colorado, out behind a clapboard farmhouse with views of the Rocky Mountains. Some of the plants will grow tall, like bamboo, and yield grain and fiber for textiles and other industrial products. Others will look and smell like marijuana and yield a cannabis compound....

Grimes tours Louisville’s Commonwealth Extracts, encourages growth in Kentucky Hemp economy

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes visited Commonwealth Extracts in Louisville to tour and learn more about the producer’s operation that is emerging as a leader in the fast-growing cannabidiol, or CBD oil, marketplace. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes talks with employees of Commonwealth Extracts (Photo from SOS) “Commonwealth Extracts is the premier example that Kentucky...