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Industrial Hemp Program

Industrial Hemp Program

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The 2016 Industrial Hemp

Research Pilot Program is underway!


  • The application submission period for growers is closed. 


  • Processor application deadline for 2016 is June 1, 2016. Please use links on the right.




Application determinations made by the Industrial Hemp Review Committee are final.  There is no appeals process for applicatants to the pilot research program. 


Hemp program staff are currently engaged with the 2016 program and summarizing data from the 2015 program.  Availability by email and phone will be extremely limited; please be patient as department staff work to respond to inquiries.


The KDA Industrial Hemp Program FAQs document (link found to the right) contains answers to our most frequently asked questions. 


KDA has made available a complete list of contracted 2016 participants, by name and county, including both growers and processors. Please note the listed name is the name in which the participant contract is issued, either by individual or by company; the listed county is the county of residence or business registation. This list does not include affliated university projects.


As the 2014 Farm Bill section 7606 authorized Departments of Agriculture to create industrial hemp research pilot programs, we wish to remind everyone that the focus of this program is research.  Applicants interested in growing industrial hemp for personal use are not considered to be aligned with the purpose of the program and are not selected for participation. 


Additionally, KDA is not in the position to offer direct consultation to participants on how to produce industrial hemp.  Prospective participants are to conduct research which will add to the industrial hemp body of knowledge that is currently limited.  For a better understanding of hemp production techniques refer to a recent publication by the University of Kentucky.


All costs associated with the research are the responsibility of the participant, including both profits and loss.  There are no sources of funding from KDA to cover any aspect of research projects.  Participants should understand that at the present time it is likely that they may suffer a loss on the industrial hemp crop.  Limited market availability combined with uncertain production knowledge creates significant risk for the participant.  The focus of this program is the collection of research data. 


Persons interested in Kentucky's Industrial Hemp Research Program and not already on the email notification list should send an email to with your name and contact information to be added to the list.  Notifications will include announcements for industrial hemp field days, conferences, application releases, etc.