The hemp industry is poised to make a thunderous return to the state of Kentucky. On January 24, 2019, the state Department of Agriculture announced that it has approved 1,035 hemp cultivation applications out of 1,115. To contrast, Kentucky only approved 210 licensed growers in 2018. The state’s hemp acreage is expected to grow from 16,000 to 42,000 acres in 2019. Speaking with The Madisonville Messenger, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said that the number of hemp applications exceeded their expectations and complimented his staff for approving the applications in a timely manner.
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