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March 19, 2019

Resonate Foods to Grow Lyon County Hemp Operation with 16 Jobs, $2.7 Million Investment


Resonate Foods LLC, a Lyon County-based hemp grower and processor, plans to expand its presence with a $2.7 million investment expected to create at least 16 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.
March 19, 2019

CBD Oil Extraction and Distillation Operation to Locate in Danville


Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated International Farmaceutical Extracts LLC (IFE), which specializes in CBD oil extraction and distillation, on its plans for a $6 million-plus manufacturing plant in Boyle County that would create up to 34 full-time jobs over a 10-year period.
March 19, 2019

Nation's First HempWood Operation to Locate in Murray


Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Fibonacci LLC will locate a HempWood® manufacturing operation in Calloway County with a more than $5.8 million investment expected to create 25 full-time jobs.
March 18, 2019

Quarles: Kentucky Hemp Industry’s Economic Impact Showed Explosive Growth in 2018


Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles announced today that sales of Kentucky hemp products in 2018 were more than 3½ times higher than the previous year and that the amount that farmers were paid for their harvests more than doubled.
March 18, 2019

KY numbers show hemp processing has tripled in past year


The 2018 numbers are in, and they show hemp is bringing green to Kentucky in more ways than one. Hemp processor GenCanna Global USA's Chief Sales Officer Garrett Bain says even he was surprised at how well hemp is doing, "We hoped for it, but we didn't expect it."
March 9, 2019

Ballard County Hemp Processor AerosourceH's Rapid Growth Leads to 14 New Jobs


As Kentucky’s hemp industry forges ahead, Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated industrial hemp processor AerosourceH LLC on a $2.8-million expansion at the company’s Ballard County facility, a move expected to create 14 full-time jobs...
February 26, 2019

Commissioner Quarles Hails New National Hemp Policy


Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on Tuesday applauded a national organization of government agriculture officials for adopting a new hemp policy that recognizes its economic potential and encourages...
January 22, 2019

KDA Approves More than 42,000 Acres of Hemp for Planting in 2019


Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) approved 1,035 applications to cultivate up to 42,086 acres of industrial hemp in 2019...
December 20, 2018

Quarles Submits Kentucky’s Industrial Hemp Plan to USDA


Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles submitted the Commonwealth’s regulatory framework for hemp to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval as required in the 2018 farm bill...
December 14, 2018

Winchester-Based Hemp Company GenCanna to Establish New Facility near Mayfield


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2018) – Kentucky continues its role as a national leader in the burgeoning hemp industry as Gov. Matt Bevin today announced GenCanna Global USA Inc., a hemp genetics and cannabidiol (CBD) formulation company based in Winchester, will add a new facility in Graves County with a $40 million investment expected to create 80 full-time jobs...
October 1, 2018

Hemp Program Taking Applications for 2019


Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2019 growing season...
June 4, 2018

As We Celebrate Hemp History Week, Let’s Make Our Own Mark In Hemp History


This week Americans celebrate Hemp History Week. Here in Kentucky, we know industrial hemp is a crop that connects our past to our future. A quick survey of the crop’s history proves it is time for us to make our own mark on hemp history and allow it to flourish...
April 12, 2018

Quarles Hails Senate Majority Leader McConnell Upon Introduction of Hemp Farming Act of 2018


Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles applauded the introduction of the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018 by United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) today...
April 3, 2018

Commissioner Quarles Hails Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program's Multi-Million-Dollar Economic Impact


Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles announced today at the annual conference of the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association (KYHIA) that preliminary analysis of the 2017 Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program reveals a multi-million-dollar economic impact for the state...
January 9, 2018

KDA Hemp Program Maintains Steady Growth; More Than 12,000 Acres Approved for Planting in 2018


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has approved 225 applications from growers to cultivate up to 12,018 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2018. More than 681,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved for indoor growers in 2018...
January 26, 2018

AgTech's Diversified, Farmers-First Industrial Hemp Operation to Create 271 Jobs in Bourbon County


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2018) – AgTech Scientific plans to create 271 jobs at a new hemp-products development and manufacturing center in Paris as it forges relationships with Kentucky farmers and partners on research projects with the state’s flagship university, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.