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ColorPoint converts 1.8 million sq. ft. greenhouse to hemp production, to merge with AgTech Scientific

ColorPoint has transitioned to become a hemp only company and has merged operations with AgTech Scientific of Paris. The fully vertically integrated hemp company will immediately become a leader of outdoor and indoor grown quality hemp products. The operations have been granted both a Hemp Grower License and Hemp Processor License from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
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U.S. Department of Agriculture legal opinion says hemp can be moved across state lines

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a legal opinion stating hemp can be transported across state lines, an action saluted by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “The policy announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture confirms what Kentucky has been saying all along,” Quarles said. “The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp legal nationwide,...

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...

Ballard County hemp processor AerosourceH plans $2.8 million expansion after first year in business

As Kentucky’s hemp industry forges ahead, industrial hemp processor AerosourceH LLC has announced a $2.8-million expansion at the company’s Ballard County facility, a move expected to create 14 full-time jobs. The company, which produces cannabidiol (CBD) isolate and water-soluble nano emulsified CBD for the wholesale market, held an open house today to introduce itself to the community and celebrate...

Pew Trusts: Kentucky leading the way as Farmer’s hope for riches from legalized hemp, despite risks

By April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Michael Calebs begins feeling nostalgic standing in the airy barn on his rolling, 400-acre farm. He recalls the hard labor of his youth: climbing up to horizontal beams to hang floppy tobacco leaves to air cure so the leaves could develop a sweet taste. Calebs places a small amount of Kodiak snuff between his cheek and gum on a recent afternoon while walking about...

Agriculture commissioner applauds national organization’s adoption of new policies on hemp

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on Tuesday applauded a national organization of government agriculture officials for adopting a new hemp policy that recognizes its economic potential and encourages uniformity in regulation. Commissioner Quarles authored the policy based on Kentucky’s existing hemp regulatory framework. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA)...

Ag Tech Scientific breaking ground on new facility to develop, manufacture heap products in Paris

AgTech Scientific will break ground today on a new facility to develop and manufacture hemp-based products in Paris. The facility is part of AgTech’s plan to work with Kentucky farmers to grow hemp and to partner with the University of Kentucky on research. The ceremony will take place in Paris, where AgTech is building a 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure on a 10-acre site in the Bourbon...

Pew Trusts: With Congress on the brink of fully legalizing hemp, legal challenges still remain

By Sophie Quinton Pew Trusts It’s a giddy time for the U.S. hemp industry. Farmers are planting more acres. Businesses are selling more products. And with Congress on the brink of fully legalizing hemp, industry insiders are eagerly anticipating a boom. But even if the legalization provisions in the 2018 farm bill pass, hemp will remain a tightly regulated crop facing plenty of regulatory and legal...

Rep. James Comer, KACo President-elect Elbert Bennett talk impact of national legislation on Ky.

U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-KY, visited the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) this week, to discuss national legislation and how it could impact Kentucky’s counties. One of his constituents and KACo’s next president, Caldwell County Magistrate Elbert Bennett spoke with the congressman about the federal Farm Bill’s local impact, how hemp is creating opportunities in the state and...

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...

Four state historic sites plant hemp crops in preparation for National Hemp History Week

Four Kentucky Historic Sites will plant hemp crops as part of the Kentucky Hemp Pilot Program this week in preparation for National Hemp History Week in June. The hemp plots will be showcased during a special event series, “Discover the Hemplands,” taking place June 5th through June 10th, and will be featured as part of the Heritage Hemp Trail. Each site has ties to the antebellum Kentucky hemp...

Dept. of Agriculture accepting applications for 2018 hemp program, seeks public input on regulations

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced 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 ever under the industrial hemp research...

UK scientists outline hemp research needs with focus on improving yields, economic viability

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward With hemp’s reintroduction into the United States as a part of research pilot programs in 2014, scientists need to learn much about the crop to help farmers improve yields to make it sustainable and economically viable. In a recent article published in the journal Trends in Plant Science, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scientists...

UK hosting annual hemp field day Sept. 9 in conjunction with national hemp conference

The University of Kentucky industrial hemp agronomic science group will present their annual field day Sept. 9 in conjunction with the 2017 Hemp Industries Association’s Hemp Conference, which is Sept. 8-11 at the Lexington Convention Center. The field day is from 10 a.m. EDT until noon at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm and is open to the public. Preregistration is not required for the field day. Photo...

Hemp History Week: Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance hosting ‘Discover the Hemplands’ activities

The Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance will host “Discover the Hemplands” during Hemp History Week (June 5-11) to celebrate the launch of the Heritage Hemp Trail. Three participating trail locations will be open from 4-6 p.m. on the dates listed below. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the grounds of hemp pioneers, see growing hemp crops, and learn about the rich hemp history rooted in these...

First comprehensive hemp conference in the United States scheduled for Lexington Center in September

The first hemp conference in the United States to bring together industry professionals, scientists and policymakers will be Sept. 8-11 at the Lexington Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel. The 2017 Hemp Industries Association’s 24th Annual Hemp Conference is a partnership between the association, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the American Society of Agronomy and...

Louisville-based Sunstrand approved to receive funding for hemp fiber processing by KADB

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 Board’s (KADB) approval for the funding, drawn from the state’s tobacco settlement agreement dollars, in February. Approved state...

Three regional seminars designed to provide information on Kentucky’s hemp industry

New and experienced industrial hemp producers and interested individuals can get a broad overview of hemp production and the Kentucky hemp industry at one of three regional meetings. The meetings will be at the following University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offices: Jan. 30 in Christian County, Jan. 31 in Clark County and Feb. 9 in Shelby County. They are a collaboration between the...

Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program taking applications for 2017; measures to sustain growth

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 by developing research data on industrial hemp production, processing, manufacturing, and marketing for Kentucky growers,”...

Hemp on the Menu: Azur dinner highlights innovative, savory ways to enjoy state’s signature crop

Award-winning, inventive chef Jeremy Ashby of AZUR Restaurant & Patio and his Food News and Chews radio show co-host Sylvia Lovely will present a hemp foods dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. and will highlight the innovative and savory ways to enjoy one of Kentucky’s signature crops. Guests also will have the opportunity to learn from some of the state’s most innovative entrepreneurs...