The hemp program in Kentucky is in its infancy, having just 2,350 acres grown last year and 922 acres in 2015.

After a recent boost in funding, the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the University of Louisville is delving into the science and economics of commercializing industrial hemp.

It’s a new line of work for the center, located inside the Speed School’s Ernst Hall, but it matches well with its existing examination of biofuels, catalysts and other chemical applications, said Henry “Hank” Conn, who with his wife has committed millions of dollars to fund the center and recently provided $160,000 to kick start hemp research.

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Grace Schneider ~ Courier-Journal.com ~

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