‘Hemp has exploded’ in Kentucky. What that means for new jobs, investment.

Hemp fields in Kentucky are multiplying. So, too, is the field of hemp-related jobs — both inside and outside the agricultural sector.

At 60,000 acres, Kentucky has the most hemp acreage of any state, besting even Colorado, a known hemp (and marijuana) production giant. That is just one reason Hemp Industry Daily named Kentucky the second most prominent state in hemp production in 2018.

Another reason: Since December 2015, almost 1,000 Kentucky jobs have been created in the hemp industry. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, over 250 of those jobs were generated in the first half of 2019 alone.

Many of those jobs are in farming — the traditional idea of what employment in the hemp industry looks like — but the majority aren’t. For example, employees in the hemp industry may also be delivery managers, lab technicians, quality graders and sales representatives.

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