In Kentucky, the University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has started growing industrial hemp in an effort to spur its fuels and manufacturing research.

According to a press release, U of L researchers have partnered with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky's Agriculture Department for the project.

At U of L, the researchers have planted hemp in a 40-by-40-foot plot nearby the Conn Center offices by the Phoenix House. The surrounding plots will be planted with kenaf and switchgrass, which are two other plants with comparable fuel potentials to hemp.

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Kevin Modelski ~ Louisville Business First ~