A Grower's Guide to Kentucky Hemp Production

Regional meetings this spring in Pendleton (cancelled), Bath, Fayette, Warren, Hardin, Marshall and Breathitt Counties will provide producers information on various aspects of hemp production in Kentucky.  For more information and REGISTRATION details, please follow this LINK.

2019 University of Kentucky Industrial Hemp Field Day

Click on the image above to see photos from the 2019 UK Industrial Hemp Field Day.

About Us

Bob Pearce, professor of agronomy, and Tom Keene, agronomy specialist, both with the UK Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, are participants in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Program.  Their work is focused on investigating the agronomic parameters affecting field-scale production of industrial hemp.  The resulting research and extension efforts are aimed at optimizing yields and profitability from grain, fiber, and cannabinoid production models for U.S. producers.

Click here for An Introduction to Hemp and Hemp Agronomy

The UK Division of Regulatory Services is leading a proficiency testing effort among laboratories assaying for cannabinoids derived from hemp.  Please see this link for program information and results:

Industrial Hemp Economics

The Economics of Hemp Production in Kentucky

by Jonathan Shepherd and Tyler Mark, UK Ag Economics

Economists’ Viewpoints Surrounding the Hemp Boom

by Jonathan Shepherd and Tyler Mark and Will Snell, UK Ag Economics

*Hemp & Enterprise CBD Budget Model*

Dr. Tyler Mark, UK Ag. Economist, and Jonathan Shepherd, Ag. Economics Farm Management Specialist, have released new, interactive enterprise budget models for industrial hemp producers. This is an EXTREMELY useful tool for those newly considering or perhaps working to optimize hemp production efforts. The tabs at the bottom of the sheet denote different production models, and the data can be manipulated to evaluate different scenarios. The file can be found at this link and is freely available to the public.