In 2014 there were 33 acres of hemp grown in the state of Kentucky. This year that number has grown to more than 922 acres. History of Hemp: old photo of hemp farmer

The annual Hemp Industries Association Conference, held in Lexington on Monday, brought Hemp in the News. At the conference, the U.S. Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer, deemed Kentucky the national leader of industrial hemp cultivation and production.

There were 200 attendees at the conference. People traveled from as far away as Hawaii, Alaska and Australia to attend, and many advocates known for their commendable efforts in fighting for legalization of industrial hemp were there.

James Comer was recognized for his success in reestablishing the hemp industry in Kentucky after years of federal expulsion.

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