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Quarles Praises Legislature’s Approval of Industrial Hemp Bill
Quarles Praises Legislature’s Approval of Industrial Hemp Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles yesterday celebrated the passage in the Kentucky House of Representatives of landmark legislation that aligns Kentucky’s industrial hemp research pilot program with the federal Farm Bill and adds important law enforcement provisions. Senate Bill 218 now goes to Governor Matt Bevin for his signature. Senate Bill 218 bolsters...

Dec 16, 2020
Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program Now Taking Applications for 2017
Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program Now Taking Applications for 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentuckians interested in participating in the industrial hemp research pilot program in 2017 are invited to submit an application with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “The pilot research program will continue to build on the successes of the previous administration by developing research data on industrial hemp production, processing, manufacturing, and marketing...

Dec 16, 2020
Eat Healthy at 50 and Beyond
Eat Healthy at 50 and Beyond

KENTUCKY — A balanced diet is an integral element of a healthy lifestyle for men, women and children alike. But while kids and young adults might be able to get away with an extra cheeseburger here or there, men and women approaching 50 have less leeway. According to the National Institute on Aging, simply counting...

Dec 16, 2020
Pennyrile Gymnastic Team to Perform on ‘America’s Got Talent’
Pennyrile Gymnastic Team to Perform on ‘America’s Got Talent’

WESTERN KENTUCKY — The Pennyrile All-star Panthers Gymnastic Team is on its way to ‘America’s Got Talent.’ According to Lee Ann Flener, coach and owner of Pennyrile Gymnastic in Madisonville, the team will appear on the popular national televised talent competition on Nov. 5. “We have talented students from ages five to 15 in our...

Dec 16, 2020
Quarles Named ‘Friend of Hemp’ by National Organization
Quarles Named ‘Friend of Hemp’ by National Organization

CYNTHIANA, Ky. — The United States Hemp Roundtable presented Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles with its “Friend of Hemp Award” at Kentucky Hemp Days during Hemp History Week. The award is presented to individuals who exhibit tireless leadership on behalf of the industry. The industry group also recognized U.S. Reps.Thomas Massie and Andy Barr for their...

Dec 16, 2020
OCHS Cheerleading to Host Open Gym Sessions, Tryouts
OCHS Cheerleading to Host Open Gym Sessions, Tryouts

OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Owensboro Catholic High School cheerleading program will host open gym sessions from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Cheer Zone on March 18 and 25. Tryouts for the OCHS cheerleading program have been set for April 15. Anyone participating in the open gym sessions must have a current physical. The tryouts are open to...

Dec 16, 2020
State Ag Department Taking Application for 2015 Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects
State Ag Department Taking Application for 2015 Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky farmers and processors interested in participating in the 2015 round of industrial hemp pilot projects must apply by Jan. 1, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced. “The first round of pilot projects with the universities and individual farmers in 2014 yielded a tremendous amount of data about production methods, seed...

Dec 16, 2020
How to Spot an Unhealthy Tree
How to Spot an Unhealthy Tree

KENTUCKY — Perhaps because they can live for so many years, trees have a way of falling down homeowners’ landscaping priority lists. Trees also tend to be big and strong, so it’s no surprise that they often are overlooked in favor or other areas of a lawn and garden that don’t seem so strong in...

Dec 16, 2020
Health Fair Teaches Students to Make Healthy Choices
Health Fair Teaches Students to Make Healthy Choices

MADISONVILLE, Ky. — Fourth graders from nine Hopkins County schools participated in a wellness initiative at the Madisonville-North Hopkins High School gym this morning. The Kentucky Delta Rural Project team, administered through Baptist Health Madisonville, kept the students entertained while promoting “Heathcare is Self Care” education. Project specialist Chris Price Sr. energetically interacted with the...

Dec 16, 2020
Healthy Choice Center Opens New Office in Benton
Healthy Choice Center Opens New Office in Benton

BENTON, Ky. – Substance abuse can easily be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes. However, the broad spectrum of substances that are used in today’s society is not that simple.  Substance Abuse can be connected to the misuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, prescription drugs and other substances...

Dec 16, 2020
Quarles Rejects Federal Overreach into State Hemp Program
Quarles Rejects Federal Overreach into State Hemp Program

KENTUCKY — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles called on Congress to remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances under federal law and challenged the Drug Enforcement Administration’s position on consumable hemp-derived products in remarks delivered today at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Board meeting. “When I became Commissioner of Agriculture, I...

Dec 16, 2020
McConnell: Growing Kentucky’s Economy with Hemp
McConnell: Growing Kentucky’s Economy with Hemp

KENTUCKY — For far too long, the federal government has prevented most farmers from growing hemp. Although it was a foundational part of Kentucky’s heritage and today you can buy products made with hemp at stores across the country, most farmers have been barred from planting it in their fields. I have heard from many Kentucky...

Dec 16, 2020
Hemp Week Designated by Bipartisan U.S. Senators
Hemp Week Designated by Bipartisan U.S. Senators

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), cheered the passage of their bipartisan Senate resolution designating June 4-10, “Hemp History Week.” Federal law currently prohibits American farmers from growing hemp on U.S. soil, except in certain limited circumstances. That means American farmers cannot...

Dec 16, 2020
U.S. Senate Passes Farm Bill, Includes Hemp Farming Act
U.S. Senate Passes Farm Bill, Includes Hemp Farming Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill), which takes serious steps to ensure the future of American agriculture. A conference committee made up with members from both chambers will now reconcile the Senate and House versions of the Farm...

Dec 16, 2020
QUARLES OP-ED: Let’s Make Our Own Mark in Hemp History
QUARLES OP-ED: Let’s Make Our Own Mark in Hemp History

KENTUCKY — This week Americans celebrate Hemp History Week. Here in Kentucky, we know industrial hemp is a crop that connects our past to our future. A quick survey of the crop’s history proves it is time for us to make our own mark on hemp history and allow it to flourish. The history of...

Dec 16, 2020
U.S. Farm Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp Passes Committee
U.S. Farm Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined his colleagues on the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee today to vote in favor of the Farm Bill. During the committee meeting, McConnell discussed his legislation to legalize industrial hemp and the importance of including his Hemp Farming Act of 2018 in...

Dec 16, 2020
KDA Approves More Than 12,800 Acres for Hemp Planting in 2017
KDA Approves More Than 12,800 Acres for Hemp Planting in 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has approved 209 applications from growers who have been approved to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly triple the number of acres that were approved for the previous year. More than 525,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved...

Dec 16, 2020