An increasing number of people are aware that before it was known for tobacco, Kentucky was prosperous because of industrial hemp, and today’s generation of farmers and researchers are working to again unleash the crop’s economic potential despite still being handcuffed by stiff federal regulations.

“I’m very excited about the potential if we can get through some of these regulatory hurdles,” said Brent Burchett, Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) division director for the Division of Value-Added Plant Production.

“There is so much potential, and there’s consumer excitement for these products. Our farmers have shown they can grow this. Their granddaddies grew this.”

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Abby Laub ~ LaneReport.com ~

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