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Kentucky Department of Agriculture
The hemp boom

Kentucky farmers are looking to cash in on a rediscovered hemp market. Yet those looking to cultivate the plant should be cautious.

Growing hemp is by no means a new development for Kentucky. In fact, according to James F. Hopkins, in his book “A History of the Hemp Industry in Kentucky,” the commonwealth was our country’s largest grower of the plant in the 18th and 19th Centuries. It was grown chiefly for its fibers, which were made into textiles, like canvas and rope.