Progress Report: Hemp Is Looking Good

Progress Report: Hemp Is Looking Good

Hemp is now back in the hands of just a few farmers, taking part in a hemp pilot program. A Rockcastle County farmer has dedicated his summer to growing the crop.
It's an old crop that is trying to make a comeback; hemp.

Hemp has been banned across the nation for decades.

But, it's now back in the hands of just a few farmers, taking part in a hemp pilot program.

A Rockcastle County farmer dedicated his summer to growing the crop.

Mike Lewis said its been a good year.

"I don't think we could've asked for a better season. We got caught way off guard by how fast it grew, we were not ready for harvesting in 60 days," said Lewis, farmer.

Lewis planted his first crop May 31st, and plans to have all the crops out of the ground by September 15th.

As for next year, Lewis expects the project to expand and integrate to other farmers.

"Tobacco made farmers a few thousand dollars an acre, and I think we can do that again with hemp. And we would like to get some of those tobacco farmers growing this crop, and protecting our land," said Lewis.




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