LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Hemp is back in kentucky for the first time since the 1970's.
State lawmakers cleared the way for hemp last year, follows by the federal lawmakers who made room for it in this year's farm bill. A battle with U.S. Customs over the seeds delayed the planting for a few weeks. With all obstacles in the past, the University of Kentucky put seeds in the ground at Spindletop Farm Tuesday as part of the pilot project.
"What we're conducting is a standar variety trial where we plant 13 different varieties we have acces to. We manage them exactly the same and then measure yield at the end of the trial," Professor David Williams, the UK Hemp Supervisor, told WKYT Tuesday.
Researchers will keep an eye on which variety grows best in the Commonwealth, and the different fibers it produces. They expect to harvest the hemp in October.