Sen. Rand Paul, left, and Rep. Richard Heath listen to hemp presentation. Hemp food additive in bag manufactured in Canada can be sold but not produced in US.
Hemp is quickly becoming the Holy Grail for Western Kentucky farmers. The promise of a new crop that can be animal feed, people food, medicine, fabric, and a building material is a siren call for agriculture.
Senator Rand Paul spent some time in Calloway County recently listening to an extended elevator pitch at the Scott Lowe Farm. The farm grows over 700 acres of hemp and has capacity for 200 more acres.
Senator Paul and State Representative Richard Heath, Graves, McCracken, heard farmer Joseph Kelly discuss the potential for hemp, among other uses, as a food source. There's just one problem: the crop is still considered a Class A drug by the federal government.