More KY Farmers Expected to Plant More Hemp This Year

Published 01/27 2016 08:47PM

Updated 01/27 2016 08:47PM

Legislation to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana is unlikely to be addressed during this legislative session in Kentucky.

That's according to the committee's chairman who's handling the proposal. So what about the state's hemp pilot program?

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was in Owensboro Wednesday. He says he expects 200 farmers to plant more than 4,000 acres this year.

That's 4 times as much as in 2015.
 
Former Agriculture Commissioner James Comer started the program last year.
Quarles says officials are encouraging more local companies to use hemp grown in the Commonwealth -

"There are car manufacturers in Kentucky who use plant products similar to industrial hemp, but we're hoping to pitch them on the idea of using Kentucky grown industrial hemp, not just for the manufacturing industry, but also other manufacturers across the state as well."

More than 100 farmers participated last year and twice as many are expected this year.
Kentucky is one of several states with a hemp pilot program.

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