Sep 06

Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off!

Local Hemp Foods Cook Off

Noodle Nirvana prepping their dishes for the Local Hemp Foods Cook Off

Thank you to everyone who attended the Local Hemp Foods Cook Off! We had an excellent turnout and raised nearly $1,000, which will benefit our statewide Writing Competition. Thank you to all the sponsors for helping fund the event and the following restaurants: Goodfellas Pizzeria, Noodle Nirvana, Pazzo’s Pizza Pub, Sav’s Chill, The Press, The Village Idiot and Whole Foods for cooking the delicious hemp meals!
The community voted on Best Taste, Most Unique, and Best Kids Menu Item! We would like to congratulate Pazzo’s Pizza Pub, The Village Idiot, and Sav’s Chill for taking home first place!



Local Hemp Foods Cook Off

Best Taste Runner-Up Goodfellas Pizzeria!

Best Taste

Winner: Pazzo’s Pizza Pub

Runner-Up: Goodfellas Pizzeria



Local Hemp Foods Cook Off

Most Unique Runner-Up Whole Foods



Most Unique

Winner: The Village Idiot

Runner-Up: Whole Foods




Local Hemp Foods Cook Off

Taste Testers


Best Kids Menu Item

Winner: Sav’s Chill

Runner-Up: Goodfellas Pizzeria





If you missed the Cook Off, don’t worry! Check out the video below to find out what you missed! And catch us at future Local Hemp Foods Cook Offs throughout the state in the coming years!



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Jun 07

Hemp History Week Celebration

Happy Hemp History Week! June 6th kicked off the 7th annual Hemp History Week.

Hemp History Week is a national grassroots effort created to restore strong support for industrial hemp farming in the United States. Participants celebrate the past and future of the industrial hemp industry by hosting events around the nation.

This year the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation (KHRF) kicked off Hemp History Week by planting hemp! It was not only special because it was the KHRF’s first time planting the seed for research but it was also the Founder’s birthday celebration! Working in collaboration with Hempro, we prepared the land, drew out plans for the research and planted the seed. The research consists of growing three industrial hemp varieties on reclaimed coalfields in Eastern Kentucky. The research will include a yield analysis of the three varieties, alongside a nutritional analysis and fiber analysis within one grain variety, one dual purpose variety, and one fiber variety.


The KHRF will continue to celebrate Hemp History Week this Friday in at Healing Ground Farm near Livingston, Kentucky! The KHRF will join New Earth Organics and Hydroponics, HempX, Growing Warriors, Healing Ground, and many others to celebrate Hemp History Week with a Tribute Dinner commemorating the key activists and instrumental leaders from past to present. The evening will include VIP vendors, a hemp-infused dinner, drinks and a musical performance by Ben Sollee!

But wait, there’s more!

The evening also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Woody Harrelson planting the four infamous hemp seeds in Kentucky. As part of this celebration, KHRF will show never-seen-before footage of Harrelson’s arrest and raffle off an original, autographed Woody Harrelson photo of Harrelson planting those seeds while wearing 100% industrial hemp! Raffle tickets are $10.00/ticket

Tribute Dinner

Buy your event tickets today at


Healing Ground Farm,

29 Browning Cemetery Road

Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

When: June 10th, 7PM

Ticket Information: $50, Proceeds benefit Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation. Purchase tickets at


We are excited to celebrate with you!


 For a Hemp History Week event near you check Hemp History Week’s event calendar!

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May 18

Tribute Dinner

Mark your calendars for June 10th for at Tribute Dinner! The Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation alongside HempX, New Earth Organics and Hydroponics, Growing Warriors and Healing Grounds will celebrate Hemp History Week in fashion!


Come to Mt. Vernon, Kentucky for a hemp-infused Tribute Dinner commemorating key industrial hemp activists and instrumental leaders like Henry Clay, John Hunt, Henry Ford, Gov. Brereton and Libby Jones, Gov. Breathitt, Gatewood Galbraith, Woody Harrelson, the founders of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association, Senator McConnell, Senator Paul and Commissioner Comer, among others!

The evening will kick off with a step through history highlighting the hemp industry movers and shakers and will include never-seen-before footage of the Woody Harrelson arrest, 20 years after he planted those infamous four seeds. Dinner will be catered by Whole Foods and musical guest Ben Sollee will perform!

Tickets for the event are $50 which includes dinner, drinks and the performances! Purchase tickets at Proceeds benefit the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation.

Tribute Dinner

In addition, the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation (KHRF) will RAFFLE off an autographed photo of Woody Harrelson planting hemp seeds, while wearing an all-white 100% hemp jump suite and a “100% Hemp Kentucky” hat. The photo will be RAFFLED off on Friday night! Proceeds will benefit the KHRF.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Tickets are limited. Buy your tickets today at!


Healing Ground Farm,

29 Browning Cemetery Road

Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

When: June 10th, 7PM

Ticket Information: $50, Proceeds benefit Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation. Purchase tickets at

We are excited to celebrate with you!


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May 16

Funding Opportunity for Organic or Transition-to-Organic Growers

Your hemp crop may not be considered USDA organic yet, but the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation has an organic funding opportunity for you anyways!

The 2016 growing season is underway and we are committed to fueling the organic hemp industry forward! We are offering limited funding to help you with some of the costs associated with growing hemp using organic methods.

Organic Funding

Organic Hemp Trial

Are you an organic grower or transitioning to organics with hemp? If so, the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation (KHRF) is opening an allocation of $500 in organic materials to help with your organic growing operations for the 2016 hemp growing season.

If you are interested, please fill out the following application and email it to

Once approved, the KHRF will help supply you with organic materials, but please apply soon, the deadline is June 16th and funding is limited.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

Application: Application for Organic Material


1. Growers must provide proof of legal participation in a Hemp Pilot Program.

2. Given the limited funding available, small family-farms will receive preferential treatment so that more producers are positively impacted with the available funds.

Due Date: June 16th, 2016

This effort is an extension of the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation’s GoOrganic! Program. The funding was made available through the generous donation of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps to the KHRF’s GoOrganic! Program.

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May 09

Executive Director Expresses Need for Organic Hemp Certification

Executive Director Annie Rouse attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Public Meeting on April 25th to discuss the need for organic hemp certification.
NOSB Public Meeting

NOSB Public Meeting

The NOSB meets semi-annually to hear comments from the public in regards to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Organic Certification. Individuals sign up in advance to express their comments, concerns, and suggestions for the organic program.The individual has complete control of the microphone for three minutes.
Rouse presented comments in regards to the USDA’s organic hemp certification instructions released on February 16th, 2016. During the meeting Rouse suggested that the USDA permit organic certification of industrial hemp for three reasons:
  1. Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill permits industrial hemp growth for research purposes and at pilot scales and the 2016 Omnibus Bill prohibits federal funding from “prohibit(ing) the transportation, processing, sale or use of industrial hemp that is grown or cultivated in accordance…”
    1. Rouse discussed that the USDA’s instructions do not follow the Farm Bill’s structure and the instructions are prohibiting robust economic research on the sale of U.S. organic hemp. Rouse argued that the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation launched a GoOrganic! Program to help farmers transition to organics with hemp, but farmers had a lack of interest if organic certification was not possible.
  2. The last subsection of the instructions sent to the general public state that “no private or governmental entity accredited as a certifying agent under this subpart shall exclude from participation in or deny the benefits of the National Organic Program to any person due to discrimination because of… national origin.”
    1. Rouse argued that the USDA’s stance is in violation of their own General Requirements for Accreditation because the instructions cause certifying agents to discriminate against U.S. organic hemp growers and processors based on their national origin.
  3. Canadian organic hemp is considered USDA organic, so why can’t U.S. hemp?
    1. The current stance favors international imports and squashes a fledgling domestic economy – a domestic marketing worth over $15 million and growing rapidly – that could be supporting a local economy and building a local industry.
After addressing the Board, one Board Member asked an important question. Why is hemp regulated as is? Rouse thoroughly responded clearing up any confusion the audience may have had.
Upon presenting and meeting with a USDA General Counsel, Rouse learned that the issue is no longer a USDA matter but instead the Department of Justice (DOJ) must make a decision on the issue. The DOJ should issue guidance on both organic hemp certification and USDA funding within the next months.
Please watch the video for the complete hearing.

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Mar 18

Nutiva CEO John Roulac Speaks on Soil Regeneration

Nutiva’s CEO John Roulac presented at the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation’s February GoOrganic! Seminar. The Seminar focused on organic markets and transitioning to organic with hemp. Roulac spoke about the impacts of agriculture on climate change and how regenerating our soils can help absorb carbon and in return reducing our planet’s carbon emissions.

Agriculture is responsible for 30% of the world’s carbon emissions but this can be reduced by transitioning from highly intensive agriculture to a focus on soil regeneration. Soil regeneration means reducing tilling, using less herbicides and pesticides, and enhancing microbial generation, among other positive contributions to our soils.

Transitioning to organics can improve soil regeneration and industrial hemp is a perfect plant to rotate into an organic farm!

Watch a 2 minute clip of John Roulac’s presentation!



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Jan 07

GoOrganic Seminar!

Mark your calendars for February 29th, 2016!

Organic Seminar Flyer


With the support of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation is hosting a Go Organic Seminar for industrial hemp farmers!


Location: Hemp Research Campus

4274 Colby Road, Winchester, KY 40391

Time: 9am – 4pm


Join us and learn how to GoOrganic!


Speakers include:

“Organic Hemp Markets”

John Roulac, Founder and CEO of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm superfoods.


“Organics 101”

Adam Watson, Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, a session on organic growing methods.


“Growing Organic in Kentucky- My Experience”

John Bell, Local Organic Farmer, a local Kentuckian with 10 years experience growing organic including one year of growing organic hemp.


“Go Organic- An Introduction to Organic Certification”

Carrie Stilwell, Organic Farm Certification Specialist, California Certified Organic Farmers, a nonprofit organization advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy and promotion.


“Agronomics of Organic Hemp Production”

Garry Meier, Agrologist, Hemp Genetics International, suppliers of regionally adapted hemp grain varieties that help reduce production risk and grow the new industry.


Please visit our Eventbrite to register for the event!


Hemp-infused lunch catered by Whole Foods!

Admission is a tax-deductible donation to the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation!


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8:15AM:      Coffee and Registration


9:00AM:      Welcome from Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation

                    Annie Rouse, Executive Director


9:15AM:      Introduction by Atalo Holdings

                    Andy Graves, Chairman, Atalo


9:15AM:     “Organic Markets”

                    John Roulac, CEO, Nutiva


9:25AM:      “Go Organic- An Introduction to Organic Certification”

                     Carrie Stilwell, Senior Farm Certification Specialist,

                     California Certified Organic Farmers


10:25AM:     Break


10:35AM:    “Agronomics of Organic Hemp Production”

                     Garry Meier, Agrologist, Hemp Genetics International


11:25AM:     Hemp-infused lunch catered by Whole Foods.

                     Hemp products provided by Nutiva.


12:45PM:     “Growing Organic in Kentucky: My Experience”

                      John Bell, Local Organic Farmer


1:35PM:        Break


1:45PM:     “Organics 101”

                    Adam Watson, Organic Specialist, KDA


3:00PM:      Break


3:10PM:     “Organic Markets & Regenerative Agriculture”

                     John Roulac, CEO, Nutiva


4:00PM:      Closing Remarks and Optional Q&A


5:00PM:      Optional Happy Hour, Location TBA


A special thanks to our sponsors!


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Dec 30

Donate Today!

Donate today and receive a tax-deductible donation for 2015! The Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All contributions are tax-deductible.

We are based in Kentucky but we offer research grants across the United States!

The Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation is committed to advancing the industrial hemp industry through fundamental research and market development.

Our vision for the future is a fully-developed United States-based industrial hemp industry supported by scientific research and market development. 

Donate today and fund the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation’s first projects! Check the ‘Your Donation’ page above for more details on funding projects.

We thank you in advance for your generous support! With your help we can move industrial hemp from a federally regulated crop to a commercially viable commodity!



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