Hemp program taking applications for 2019

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — The state is taking applications for Kentuckians who want to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2019 growing season.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture made the announcement on Monday.

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Industrial hemp is one of several alternative crops, including hops and kenaf, that have made headway in Kentucky’s agricultural economy in recent years.

In 2018, Kentucky’s farmers planted 6,700 acres of hemp, up from 3,200 acres in 2017, 2,350 acres in 2016, 922 acres in 2015, and 33 acres in 2014, the first year of the program, according to the department.

In addition to 210 grower participants, 72 hemp processors are conducting research as part of the KDA program.

Applications may be downloaded from the KDA website at kyagr.com/hemp.

Grower applications must be postmarked or received by November 30, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

Processor/Handler applications are preferred by November 30, 2018, with a final deadline of June 3, 2019.