New Hemp Facility to Open in Kentucky
A leader in Kentucky’s hemp industry is making plans to open a hemp growers’ service center this year.
Brian Furnish, a tobacco farmer turned hemp grower, said he believes hemp as a farm commodity is ready for a storage facility similar to those used in the livestock, tobacco and grain industries.
“Right now, hemp producers are kind of stuck if they don’t have a buyer ready to take delivery when their hemp is harvested and dried,” he explained. “But if they can ship to a convenient facility where buyers are also engaged, it benefits everyone.”
The Kentucky Hemp Service Center would test farmers’ hemp for characteristics that certain buyer desire. In addition, special testing would help determine the levels of pesticides in hemp and detect other foreign objects pulled from the soil.