Kentucky Ag News

Commissioner Comer to give update on industrial hemp projects


Kentucky Agricultural News staff report


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will present an update on Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs for 2015 and make economic development announcements related to the pilot programs on Tuesday, May 5, at 10 a.m. EDT at the G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Warehouse #23, 255 South Forbes Road, Lexington, Ky. Commissioner Comer will be joined by hemp growers, processors, and manufacturers from throughout the nation.

The public and representatives of the news media are invited to attend..

Commissioner Comer has championed the cause of restoring industrial hemp production to Kentucky since he took office in January 2012. With bipartisan support, Commissioner Comer led the successful effort to pass a state law creating a regulatory framework for hemp production in Kentucky. A provision of the federal farm bill that was signed into law more than a year ago authorizes hemp pilot programs in states such as Kentucky where hemp production is legal under state law.