The meetings were put on by KDA, the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association, Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation and UK Cooperative Extension Service, Bowman writes. "Topics on the agenda included hemp marketing, hemp agronomics, the KDA’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program and KDA policies."
|Recent seminars in Kentucky on the basics of hemp production drew much interest. |
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Prior to World War I, hemp was grown in Kentucky for products like rope and ship sail material, Bowman writes. "Following the second world war, availability of inexpensive synthetic fiber further discouraged the growth of the crop."
This year, KDA approved 12,800 acres for inclusion in the pilot program, up from 4,600 acres in 2016, Bowman writes. "Both Burchett and Keene stress that this is still a heavily regulated and monitored project. Not just anyone can go out and plant a field of hemp."
Industrial hemp is still on the same list as heroin, morphine, cocaine and other illicit drugs as a "one controlled substance," Burchett told Bowman. "It’s a serious undertaking to import seed and check it in with KDA before growers receive it. When planted, producers must submit the exact GPS coordinates for the crop," adding that 12,800 acres will have to be physically visited by KDA staff this year.