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.
“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.
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.