Approved Ky. hemp acreage up nearly triple what it was a year ag - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Approved Ky. hemp acreage up nearly triple what it was a year ago

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky has nearly tripled the amount of space allowed for the growth of hemp.

The State Department of Agriculture has given the go-ahead to more than 200 growers to cultivate nearly 13,000 acres of industrial hemp -- nearly triple the number of acres approved last year.

The hemp is used for research.

The state started the pilot program several years ago as a new opportunity for Kentucky farmers.

It provides law enforcement with GPS coordinates of planting sites, and growers must pass a background check allowing officers to inspect their fields.

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