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KDA Releases 2019 Kentucky Hemp Pilot Program Application

Updated: Jan 17, 2019

Update: The deadline for applications to participate in the 2019 Kentucky Hemp Program has passed. If you are interested in applying to grow hemp in 2020, the applications should be released sometime this Fall. Sign up for our mailing list for updates regarding the Kentucky Hemp Program applications.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has released the 2019 Hemp Program Application for growers and processors seeking a license to participate in the hemp program next season. The application for growers is due on November 30, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. EST, giving applicants approximately two months to complete and submit the required forms. Processor/Handler applications are preferred by November 30, 2018, with a final deadline of June 3, 2019.

Here are the links to the 2019 Hemp Pilot Program Applications:

“I am proud to report that our program participants grew more than 6,700 acres of hemp this year, the most ever under the industrial hemp research program,” said Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “The exponential growth in our program year to year demonstrates the excitement and optimism about the industry. At the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, we will continue to strengthen our research pilot program to put industrial hemp on a responsible path toward commercialization.”

The KDA will host a Hemp Pilot Program Applicant Meeting & Networking Session on October 11th from 1-5 pm EST at the Pritchard Community Center located at 404 S. Mulberry St. in Elizabethtown, KY 42701. This unique networking event is designed to allow grower applicants the opportunity to meet with processors and to learn from the university researchers. Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will open the session with an update on federal legislative activity, and additional speakers will provide details about Kentucky’s program, the application, and the hemp crop.

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