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Why Kentucky farmers are quitting tobacco and turning to an unlikely new crop

On October 21st, 2015

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The days when Kentucky’s crop grossed nearly a billion dollars a year are no more — forcing Brian, and farmers like him, to imagine a future without tobacco and diversify their farms. His move to cattle paid off with rising beef prices, but Brian’s most recent bet is cannabis sativa, also known as hemp. But there is a catch.

To the federal government, hemp is just as illegal as marijuana. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is determined to change that.


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