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Kentucky approves 4,600 acres for hemp production

Updated: Jan 17, 2019

More than 4,600 acres of industrial hemp has been approved to be grown in Kentucky in 2016. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) received 323 applications, approving a total of 174 participants for the 2016 Hemp Pilot Projects. Applicants were notified in early January of approval, and MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) orientations were held through the end of the month.

Take a look at the pilot program expansion over the past two years.


Mostly grown by univerisities with very few, small private grows

33 acres planted


99 participants (farmers and processors)

1,742 acres approved

922 planted


174 participants

4,600+ approved

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