The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced plans to conduct some of the first U.S. hemp studies, which
are now legal under the new farm bill.
The state will partner with universities to investigate different aspects of hemp cultivation, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said on Monday.
A provision in the farm bill that passed this month allows research on hemp in states that have legalized the crop. So far, that includes Kentucky and nine others.
Comer is investigating the legality of commercial production under the farm bill, but says the first year of the program will likely be devoted to research and development.
The Department of Agriculture and various research partners will oversee the five hemp projects. The projects are expected to begin March 31 and will include: