Kentucky’s hemp crop is growing and attracting new investors to the state, according to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.
At a news conference Tuesday in Lexington, Comer announced that 121 participants have been selected to grow hemp this year, including seven universities across the state. There are 36 groups and projects that will grow 1,742 acres this year, he said.
In 2014, the first year in decades that the state grew a legal hemp crop, 20 farmers grew more than 33 acres.
The state’s momentum has attracted 24 licensed processors, who are investing in Kentucky, he said. [Read more at the Lexington Herald-Leader]