LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It could be the start of a new industry in Kentucky.

Today the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will plant its first plot of hemp seeds. The seeds were held by the Drug Enforcement Administration, but were finally released to the state Department of Agriculture last week.

UK's project will identify the varieties best suited to grow in Kentucky, and assess potential weed, disease and insect problems.

The Ag Department has eight pilot projects planned across the state.

Commissioner James Comer believes hemp can be a new cash crop for Kentucky that will attract new processing plants.

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