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Hemp plot harvested at historic estate in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- A historic Kentucky estate harvests hemp for the first time since the late 19th century.

A hemp plot was harvested at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in Lexington on Tuesday morning.

Officials say the plot was planted in May in an effort to educate guests about industrial hemp and Henry Clay's impact on the industry.

Experts say Clay grew thousands of pounds of the crop at the estate, which was manufactured into rope. "He (Henry Clay) saw the potential. He did whatever he could do to advance the crop as a crop for our state and for our country. And so now, we are revisiting that in hopes of inspiring others to do the same in the current environment," said Eric Brooks, curator at Ashland.

The crop was harvested by United Hemp Industries, which plans to use it in a new line of hemp products ranging from tea to bird feed.

The products will be sold at Ashland and other local shops.

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