Industrial Hemp

Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky’s first legal hemp crop in more than half a century is in the ground.

A Ky. Agriculture Dept. official says the state has received a federal permit to release an impounded shipment of hemp seeds for spring planting.

Friday brought no end to the case between Kentucky's Agriculture department and the federal government.

Kentucky's Agriculture Department has filed a lawsuit seeking the release of imported hemp seeds being held up by federal officials.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer calls it "government overreach at its worst."

A bill that would allow for medical trials of an oil derived from marijuana has emerged from a Kentucky Senate committee.

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Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the reintroduction of hemp production will start with at least five pilot projects across the state.

Kentucky's attorney general is offering to assist hemp supporters as the state prepares for the start of a hemp-growing pilot program this year.

With congressional passage of the Farm Bill likely this week, hemp could come to Kentucky as early as this year.

A Canadian hemp processor looking to expand operations south of the border sees Kentucky as fertile territory for production and processing.