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Kentucky’s Famous Products Postcard

Posted on August 5, 2014
Kentucky's famous products postcard

Kentucky was once the heartland of the American hemp industry, as this evocative turn-of-the-century postcard shows. It depicts a man’s world: hemp, horses, beautiful women, tobacco, and bourbon. It draws a nostalgic picture of quiet rural roads, guarded by leafy stands of hemp waving in the warm wind, sitting on the front porch in the rocking chair with a tall glass of iced tea, the coon dogs keeping you company, a Winchester rifle on your lap, and wafting out the window is the sweet aroma of fresh apple pie!

Hemp Research Projects in Colorado and Kentucky

Posted on July 20, 2014
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At this point, sixteen states have passed legislation allowing them to take immediate advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program provision, Section 7606 of the 2014 US Farm Bill. But there are only two states which were really ready this year: Colorado and Kentucky. They make for an odd couple and have taken apposite approaches. Kentucky is by the book, by the rules, with a methodical, rational, planned, and scientific approach. Colorado is freewheeling, entrepreneurial, risk taking, and hyped up. Together they make a compelling story. If they were people on a TV sitcom, they could share an apartment.

US Farm Bill to Greenlight Hemp Research

Posted on January 31, 2014
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The US Farm Bill passed Wednesday, January 29th by a 251-166 vote in the US House of Representatives.The Senate is expected to vote on this bill on Monday, February 3rd. The new legislation allows colleges, universities, and state agriculture departments to grow hemp. Because of a notwithstanding clause, this research is not to subject to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) or the oversight of the DEA. Federal hemp licenses would not be required.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Posted on November 19, 2013
sShaker Village of Pleasant Hill

The task of providing cloth for an entire community was an integral part of daily work at Pleasant Hill. Coats, bed sheets, socks, blankets, feed sacks, dresses, towels, rope — all of these were a necessary part of everyday life. Until it became practical to purchase textile goods, they were produced within the community. In addition to providing for their own needs, Shaker textile items were manufactured for sale.

Kentucky Postcards

Posted on February 17, 2011
Kentucky Postcards

This collection contains 10 postcards from the early 1900’s. Hemp flourished in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky and was grown primarily for bailing cotton. Henry Clay encouraged the US Navy to use Kentucky hemp over Russian hemp for cordage used on sailing ships. Scenes include cutting hemp by hand and machine, shocks of hemp, and manually breaking hemp in the field.

Tribe gets hemp gift

Posted on November 29, 2000

The scene at the state Capitol was a bit strange even by Frankfort standards. Former Governor Louie Nunn, a republican, stood at a lectern yesterday with four members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, who’d spent the previous 24 hours driving to Kentucky from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Hemp and the future

Posted on November 26, 2000

And the Midway conference was not a Gatewood Galbraith sort of affair with Willy Nelson strumming along. Former Republican Gov. Louie B. Nunn — hardly the hippie sort — attended. The featured speaker was a Republican legislator from Hawaii who sponsored successful legislation in that state to permit test crops of industrial hemp to be grown as a source of ethanol production.

Hemp campaign goes mainstream

Posted on November 23, 2000

But the legal-hemp campaign has gone mainstream, and in one sense, Nunn’s involvement makes perfect sense. One tenet of the pro-hemp campaign is quintessentially Republican — the idea that states, not the federal government, should decide what crops their farmers can produce.

Legislature should resurrect hemp research bill

Posted on November 22, 2000

Kentucky lawmakers looking for constructive ways to occupy their time during the first “annual” General Assembly next year might want to do something for the state’s farmers — something like reviving House Bill 855.

Pro-Hemp Campaign is Becoming Mainstream

Posted on November 20, 2000

The man handing out bumper stickers promoting “Industrial Hemp for Farmers, Fiber and Food” was neither wild-eyed radical nor aging flower child. He was Jake Graves, 75, prominent Fayette County farmer, conservative, solid and respectable.