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Kentucky's ag commissioner urges federal officials to release hemp seeds for pilot projects
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:43 PM EDT
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has urged federal officials to release a batch of imported hemp seeds meant to gauge the crop's potential as a moneymaker for farmers.
Comer's office is threatening to go to court to obtain the 250-pound shipment of seeds from Italy unless federal customs officials release it.
The new federal farm bill allows a limited comeback of hemp. It allows state agriculture departments to designate hemp pilot projects for research in states such as Kentucky that allow the growing of hemp.
Eight pilot projects are planned in Kentucky.