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State accepting applications for industrial hemp pilot projects

Applications due by Jan. 1, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2014) — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from farmers and processors interested in participating in the 2015 round of industrial hemp pilot projects.

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“The first round of pilot projects with the universities and individual farmers in 2014 yielded a tremendous amount of data about production methods, seed varieties, harvesting and processing techniques, and uses for the harvested hemp,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “We’re looking to conduct a wide scope of pilot projects in 2015. When the day comes that commercial hemp production is open to all producers and processors in Kentucky, we want to be ready.”

Applications need to include a physical address of the location for the production fields to be used to grow, process, or store industrial hemp, along with global positioning coordinates for the property, if possible.

Selected applicants will undergo background checks and site visits. Applicants with a felony drug conviction within the past 10 years will not be eligible to participate in any pilot project.

Applications are available at www.kyagr.com/hemp and can be submitted to [email protected], or mailed to Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Industrial Hemp Program, 111 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Applicants may attach a business plan or other supporting documents. Applications expire Dec. 31, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified in late January.