Want to grow hemp? There are steps to take

MURRAY — With the law that had prevented farmers from growing industrial hemp since the 1930s in the United States having been lifted in December with the passage of farm bill, many Kentuckians are seeking permits to produce the crop.

The time for growers seeking permits has already come and gone for 2019, but for anyone thinking about taking a chance on this crop for the 2020 growing season, there are things to consider.

For starters, an applicant must specify what type of hemp he or she wants to grow. This can be for the grain, fiber, floral material or for CBD (hemp oil) extraction. This is what the Kentucky Department of Agriculture recommends first before even writing the first word on an application.

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