KENTUCKY … Industrial Hemp Program


Industrial Hemp Program

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program is the result of the passage of two separate laws: Kentucky’s Senate Bill 50, passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2013, and the 2014 Federal Farm Bill signed into law February 7, 2014. Senate Bill 50 exempted industrial hemp from the state controlled substances act but also mandated that Kentucky follow all federal rules and regulations with respect to industrial hemp. The 2014 Federal Farm Bill section 7606 allows state departments of agriculture, in states where industrial hemp is legal, to administer industrial hemp pilot programs for the purposes of research and development.

The goal of these pilot programs is to move this new industry forward while working to achieve independence for farmers to pursue production of industrial hemp in a free and open market.

The 2015 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program application period is now closed for grower applications.  Processor applications will still be accepted for review.

Persons interested in Kentucky’s Industrial Hemp Research Program should send an email to hemp@ky.govwith your name to be placed on a notification list.  Notifications will include announcements for field days, conferences, application releases, etc.

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