By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press Updated 7 hours 7 minutes ago Freed from the list of federally banned substances, hemp is about to have another growth spurt in Kentucky. The state’s agriculture commissioner said Tuesday that his department has approved 1,035 applications to produce up to 42,086 acres (17,000 hectares) of industrial hemp in 2019. Last year, 210 licensed growers planted more than 6,700 acres (2,700 hectares) when the low-THC version of the cannabis plant was operating under a limited reprieve. The new surge offers more proof that Kentucky is poised to become a national leader in hemp production, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “The numbers tell you what you need to know about the excitement about hemp in Kentucky,” he said. “The growth in the number of approved acres Hemp poised for another growth spurt in Kentucky

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