Kentucky hemp research will transition to a commercial hemp program

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will use 2020 as a year to transition from a hemp research pilot program to a commercial hemp program.

“The industry has changed dramatically, but the national hemp marketplace is experiencing some real challenges. After much discussion with industry stakeholders in Kentucky, I determined our state will operate our current hemp program for another year as we responsibly make plans to take Kentucky’s hemp industry into the next phase in 2021 and beyond,” said Commissioner Quarles.

In October, the United States Department of Agriculture published an Interim Final Rule which established the federal regulatory framework for industrial hemp growth in the United States and gave states an option to operate programs under the state pilot provision of the 2014 Farm Bill for the 2020 growing year.

Kentucky will operate its program for the 2020 growing year under the 2014 provision and use the extension to continue discussions with key stakeholders and USDA.

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(This story was originally published on January 21, 2020)

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