Economic Benefits of Hemp Cultivation in Kentucky

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Hemp production could be making it's way back in Kentucky.

Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, says the final version of the Federal Farm Bill will allow limited hemp cultivation in pilot programs in states permitting production.

A bill passed last year allowing Kentucky to participate. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer, promotes the crop which can be turned into products ranging from paper to cosmetics.

"Back in the eighteen hundreds, when industrialized hemp was legal, half of the whole country's production was in the state of Kentucky. We have an ideal climate for the production of industrial hemp, which adds to one more crop that we can work into our crop mix," Dr. Brian Strow, WKU Economics Professor.

By passing the bill, Dr. Strow believes it will lead to hundreds of new agricultural and processing jobs in Kentucky.

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