Updated: Jan 16, 2019
It's been an amazing year for the Kentucky hemp industry -- from federal legalization to the expansion of the state hemp pilot program -- so we are eager to see what's in store for the next. To celebrate the new year, we're sharing our top 10 "Kentucky Proud" hemp highlights from 2018 (by date):
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture approves 225 applications from growers seeking to cultivate 12,018 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2018. Note: According to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, those numbers were altered before the season to 210 grower participants and 16,100 approved acres.
Co-founders Alyssa Erickson and Kirstin Bohnert were invited to join Senator McConnell and Commissioner Quarles at the Hemp Roundtable.
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Commissioner Ryan Quarles reports to the Kentucky Farm Bureau that more than 1,000 Kentucky farmers applied to grow hemp in 2019 -- a 400 percent increase from applications for the 2018 production year.
Commissioner Ryan Quarles submits regulatory plan for hemp production to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at Farm Bill signing, making Kentucky the first state to seek federal approval of hemp program.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles presenting USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue with hemp program plan after Farm Bill signing.