LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington residents got a chance to step into the fields of the UK Industrial Hemp Research Farm as it opened for public tours on Thursday.
The field day included up-close interactions with different field plots, and lessons from industrial hemp research leaders. Organizers say this kind of exposure to the crop isn’t common across the country.
“Industrial hemp is an opportunity for Kentucky farmers to have another income stream,” says hemp researcher Tom Keene. “It’s a new crop. It’s one that we’ve only had in production for three years now, and so we’re just learning a lot of the things it’s going to take to make this crop work for Kentucky farmers. Our research here will give us the opportunity to help them much like we do with tobacco, and corn, and soy beans, and so forth.”
Keene says research is currently being done to make sure industrial hemp is economically feasible.
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On Thursday, August 11, the UK Industrial Hemp Research Farm will open to the public for its industrial hemp research field day.
The event is free, and will run from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
The day will include tours of various research field plots, and feature speakers who are at the forefront of research and industry.
Coffee and donuts will be offered at 9:00 a.m., with introductory remarks following at 9:30 a.m. Research tours will operate from 10:00-noon. The day will finish with a lunch meal and closing remarks.
The UK Industrial Hemp Research Farm is located at 3250 Ironworks Pike in Lexington.