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Kentucky hemp application portal opens Nov. 16; online application portal on KDA website

The window to apply for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2021 hemp licensing program will open Nov. 16, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. “We believe there will be a long-term hemp market in Kentucky, but across America the hemp industry has been having a difficult year,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Acreage is down significantly across the nation in light of FDA...

Greater Louisville Inc. connecting manufacturer’s to free services during coronavirus pandemic

Greater Louisville Inc.’s (GLI) Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Network is partnering with Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) to ensure manufacturing businesses in the Greater Louisville region can access no-cost services for operational support as they battle COVID-19. AKA is a statewide, nonprofit partnership of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Kentucky that is supported by the United...

Advantage Kentucky Alliance, WTC-KY partner to help state manufacturers become export proficient

Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) has announced a new partnership with World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY). This partnership brings together experts in manufacturing consulting and training services with international and domestic trade professionals providing customized trade advocacy, practical education seminars, multi-sector trade missions, and networking events that will help Kentucky businesses...

Mitch McConnell: Hemp legalization opens new doors for Kentucky farmers, processors, manufacturers

Kentucky’s farmers are among the best in the world. It’s no surprise agriculture leaders from around the country are looking to the Bluegrass State and our prospering hemp industry. Right now, hemp is growing in 101 of our 120 counties and $100 million worth of Kentucky grown and processed hemp products are expected to be sold this year alone. Our Commonwealth is proud of our long history with...

Commentary: Prescription drug abuse can be stopped by family, legislators, manufacturers

By Steve Pasierb Special to KyForward   We get the calls every day. Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends are reaching out to our organization worried that their loved one is abusing prescription medicine.   Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic and is skyrocketing among our nation’s teens. Kids are popping pills at an alarming rate. In fact, prescription medications are now the...