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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out 15 letters last week warning some companies that sell cannabidiol, or CBD, about making unfounded medical claims regarding the effects of the hemp-derived compound. Many users claim CBD has a wide range of medicinal benefits but there is little evidence.

Eastern Standard Preview

Aug 26, 2019

The hemp industry moves to self-regulation. Medical Marijuana is up for discussion in Kentucky. Suicide prevention is focus of events at EKU. Tree Week returns to Lexington. Details of the Origins Jazz Series season opener.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

Matt Markgraf

  Murray State officials on Wednesday ceremonially introduced five foundational partners that have made major contributions to the new Hutson School of Agriculture Center for Agricultural Hemp.  

The partners are CV Sciences, GenCanna, Vertical Wellness, Fibonacci (HempWood) and Unified Agriculture Holdings. Representatives from these companies were introduced at the event.

Eastern Standard - April 4, 2019

Apr 4, 2019

Energy and Environmental reporter James Bruggers on efforts to weaken anti-pollution regulations along the Ohio River ・ Gerry Roll of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and Lora Smith of the Appalachian Impact Fund on working toward economic rebirth in the aftermath of coal's decline ・ Annie Rouse on Kentucky's booming new hemp industry and how the CBD industry is moving to police itself.

Preview of April 4 Eastern Standard

Apr 1, 2019

Coming up on this week's edition of Eastern Standard: Who should regulate anti-pollution regs for the Ohio? What is a realistic path to the future for Appalachian Kentucky? What's happening in hemp as the industry revs up in the wake of deregulation?

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Inside Winkin’ Sun Hemp Company in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia, store owner Doug Flight tries to position himself in front of a camera crew.

His experience with growing and selling hemp spans years. But memorizing lines for what he says could be the first hemp TV commercial in the state is another issue.

“I know, I grow,” Flight says to the camera. “Is that it?” Flight asked.

“It’s ‘I know because I grow,’” someone with the camera crew said back.

 

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The annual Kentucky agricultural economic report shows gains in poultry and income from horses, but challenges in tobacco and dairy remain a concern. 

There’s continued momentum for hemp, but it still represents a relatively small slice of the Commonwealth’s agriculture pie.

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A hemp company that plans to put their CBD products on the shelves of major retailers like Walmart and CVS celebrated the opening of their new facility in west Kentucky on Friday.

California-based company Vertical repurposed a 90,000 square-foot facility in Trigg County to be their base of operations for manufacturing CBD oil using hemp from local farmers.

Public Radio East

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee has passed it’s version of the Farm Bill with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s provisions to remove hemp from a list of Schedule 1 controlled substances. 

McConnell’s Hemp Farming Act of 2018 legalizes the growing of hemp and also allows hemp cultivators to receive federal crop insurance. Lawmakers made amendments during Wednesday's Agriculture Committee meeting and passed the revised version of the bill with only one dissenting vote from Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. 

Hemp Bill Could Triple Kentucky Production

Mar 2, 2017
Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Senate voted Tuesday to make modifications to the state’s growing industrial hemp research program.

State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said the aim is to better align Kentucky’s hemp effort with federal research exemptions.  Quarles said that could put Kentucky growers in a solid position if the federal government approves broader hemp production.


Region's Farmers Have High Hopes for Hemp

Jun 27, 2016

Farmers throughout the Ohio Valley want to revive a crop that was once a staple in the region: hemp. After a ban that lasted more than half a century, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp in research programs. Growers and processors in Kentucky are aggressively putting that research program to work in hopes of winning a share of the booming market for hemp products.   

Whitney Jones, WKMS

More than six months after Kentucky lawmakers passed legislation allowing limited trials for cannabidiol epilepsy treatments, doctors have not been able to begin them.

Following Judge's Ruling, Farmers to Plant Hemp

May 19, 2014
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Some Kentucky military veteran farmers say they will plant a crop of hemp seeds this week following a federal court hearing.

The Kentucky Agriculture Department had sued the Drug Enforcement Agency over the agency's seizure of hemp seeds imported for research. A judge ruled that the seeds can be released with the proper permits.

Comer Files Federal Lawsuit Over Impounded Hemp Seeds

May 14, 2014
kentucky.com

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week. 

The DEA says the agriculture department could apply for a special permit to get the seeds, but  Holly Harris, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, says the permit would put serious restrictions on the state’s pilot hemp programs, which would research and cultivate the crop for industrial use.

Kentucky Ready to Begin Growing, Producing Hemp

Apr 4, 2014
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The Commonwealth is ready to move forward with plans for the first legal production of hemp in at least 50 years.  Earlier this year, the State Department of Agriculture announced it was creating pilot projects in growth and production of the plant at six universities.

Future of Hemp in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

Mar 30, 2014
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 In 2013, Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill creating a regulatory framework for hemp production in the state. This year, thanks to a federal farm bill, six state universities are piloting projects using hemp.  On this week’s Eastern Standard, the future of hemp in Kentucky.

Industrial Hemp topic of Kentucky Tonight

Feb 2, 2013

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss industrial hemp.  The program that airs "live" Monday evening on KET, will be repeated Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

Most of the seven candidates running for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner have one attention getting thing in common…they support legalizing industrial hemp.  WEKU’S Ron Smith reports on the growing political support for the once taboo plant.