LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Atalo Holdings, a hemp research, development and production company doing business in six states with headquarters in Winchester, Ky., launched a new consultation subsidiary, Hemp Knowbility, at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2019 Hemp Summit in Louisville, Ky.
According to Atalo CEO William Hilliard, “Hemp Knowbility will offer economical, hands-on consulting packages and one-time seed licenses for farmers, whether they be organic producers, experienced hemp growers, or first-time hemp farmers. Access to seed and agronomics for a compliant product will be critical as states adopt the recent USDA guidelines.”
Hemp Knowbility builds on Atalo’s 25 years of research and development in the U.S. and Canada and the best practices developed by the Atalo Growers’ Group over the past five years, as well as a 200-year heritage of hemp farming in Kentucky, and makes this information available in affordable packages that include farm visits, phone and video support, and access to consistent, quality hemp seed.
“The Hemp Knowbility team was a big help in raising the three hemp crops I’ve grown,” said Joe Collins, a hemp grower in Northern Kentucky. “In a new industry that, at the present time, is uncertain about a lot of things, it’s really helpful to have a team in place to help us farmers on decision making. My consultant has been a huge help in the growing process. It means a lot to be able to call someone instantly to answer any questions that may come up.”
Rhonda Cornett, chief operating officer for Hemp Knowbility, is well-known in agriculture from her experience as a farmer, as a Grower Representative for Altria and as the manager of Grower Communications for the Atalo Growers’ Group. She says, “As the hemp industry continues to find its footing, farmers are looking for proven agronomics, advice on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) documentation and reliable seed for a compliant crop, as they add hemp to their rotation. The response at the Kentucky Hemp Summit was excellent. We’re here to help and excited to get started.”