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(LEX 18) — At one time Kentucky was the greatest producer of hemp in the United States, but that changed decades ago when the industry went nearly dormant. Now hemp is undergoing a renaissance across the country, and the commonwealth is at the forefront once again, and two area businesses are in the middle of it all. “The CBD oils you see on the shelves today are derived from it,” Bill Hilliard of Atalo Holdings said, displaying a hemp flower. “This material is where it starts.” It may not look like much, but this hemp flower brings in a lot of the other kind of green for Hilliard these days. His Winchester-based company is among Kentucky’s biggest industrial hemp producers — and it’s poised to become much bigger. “So we’re growing from a 6,000-square-foot building, where our primary fulfillment and work was, into a 50,000-square-foot building,” Hilliard said. ‘SOTC’: Hemp’s Comeback In Kentucky

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