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Everyone is talking about West Kentucky Hemp. From tweets, to articles, to a call out or two from a U.S. Senator, we’re making headlines. But we’re taking it all in stride.

May 16, 2019
Murray State University’s Center for Agricultural Hemp Announces Newest Partner, Vertical Wellness
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with the Vertical Wellness agricultural hemp team,” said Dr. Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture. “Our first local hemp farming partner and Murray State University agriculture graduate, Joseph Kelly, has assisted with the development of this relationship. We are particularly excited that this company has already began hiring our students.”
Oct 26, 2018
Vertical CO. Announces Kentucky Hemp Operation
The facility is part of an initial $5 million investment to cultivate, extract and manufacture a wide-range of Hemp-based Cannabidiol (CBD) products. At full capacity, the facility will employ more than 100 Kentuckians. Vertical is proud to partner with Kentucky farmer Joseph Kelly.
Oct 18, 2018
Hemp facility to create 100 jobs in Trigg County
The name of the company is Vertical and a news release says they’ve made an initial $5 million investment to cultivate, extract and manufacture a wide-range of hemp-based CBD products. At full capacity, the Trigg County Hemp Facility off US 68 on Roger Thomas Road will employ over 100 people. A news release says Vertical is partnering with farmer Joseph Kelly.
Oct 12, 2018
Tobacco warehouse utilizes hemp seed oil on flooring

“That’s what a university program is for, though, to connect the dots,” Brannon said Wednesday. “I was out there with Joseph the day the first plants were pressed for the oil and I’m glad to see this coming together. We’ve also got lots of other exciting projects happening right now too, throughout this entire area. Someone else who needs to be mentioned with this is Loretta Daniel, who led the Kentucky Innovation Network Office at Murray State for several years and was instrumental in many great projects getting off of the ground, including some with hemp.

Jun 8, 2018
Aug 24, 2017
Hemp the holy grail for West Kentucky farmers

Senator Paul and State Representative Richard Heath (Graves, McCracken) listened to farmer Joseph Kelly, shown below at left, discuss the potential for hemp as a food source. Kelly had a sample of hemp powder to share, pointing out that the powder cannot be produced in the US. It is grown and processed in Canada and is sold legally in America. That’s one frustration among many. The plant offers a 10:1 advantage in protein over soybeans, but laws prevent selling hemp as an animal feed.

Aug 18, 2017
Hemp harvest at Murray State University pilot plot
Calloway County hemp farmer Joseph Kelly, who will soon have some 900 acres of the crop, manned a combine to demonstrate to onlookers how the process worked.
Aug 10, 2017