Applications Sought For Prospective 2016 Hemp Growers
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for farmers and processors who would like to participate in industrial hemp pilot projects next year.
Multiple media outlets report that applications are being taken through Nov. 5 by the state agriculture department for the new growing season.
Doris Hamilton, who runs the industrial hemp program for the department, tells the Bowling Green Daily News that the amount of hemp grown in Kentucky has continued to climb. In 2015, 922 acres were approved for industrial hemp growing, up from 33 acres in 2014.
The department received 326 applications last year and approved 121. No projections have been made about how many acres could be planted with industrial hemp in 2016.
Applications and instructions are available on the department's website at www.kyagr.com/hemp.