Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said Monday that the reintroduction of hemp production would start with at least five pilot projects across the state where the crop flourished until being banned for its ties to marijuana.
Commissioner Comer said he didn't know how many hemp acres would be planted this year.
The new federal farm bill allows state agriculture departments to designate hemp-cultivation pilot projects for research in states that already allow the growing of hemp.
Comer said farmers would work with university researchers to study the crop.
Central Kentucky farmer Michael Lewis said the size of his hemp crop would depend on the availability of seeds.
Hemp production was banned by the federal government decades ago.
Hemp and marijuana are the same species.
Hemp has a negligible content of the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.