A plantation in Kentucky is making Hemp History with the harvest of its first hemp crop in over 150 years.
The plantation, Farmington, was originally owned by the Speed Family. Back in the day, they grew 550 acres of hemp each year.
Kentucky’s hemp pilot program made it possible to grow hemp here once again. In May of this year, a small hemp crop was planted at Farmington, with the goal of raising awareness about industrial hemp and its importance to Kentucky’s agricultural history.
Alyssa Erickson of United Hemp Industries, a key player in the Farmington pilot program, says their focus is to involve people in the long forgotten history of hemp farming in Kentucky and to educate people about its significance. Kentucky was practically built on its industrial hemp industry. Back in the day, hemp was one of the states main crops, and its success continued to thrive well into the 1900’s.
Erickson says there are many people who are not aware of this aspect of Kentucky’s history. United Hemp Industries hopes to change this.
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