Frankfort, KY — Kentucky’s hemp licensing program for 2020 is underway. According to Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, grower applications must be submitted by March 15th of next year. Processor applications may be submitted year-round. For the first time, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is hosting an online application portal on its hemp webpage. The department oversees the state’s licensing program. Quarles is expecting the hemp program’s momentum to continue next year. In 2019, Kentucky’s hemp industry had nearly 1,000 growers and an influx of processors. Kentucky has been in the forefront of hemp’s resurgence. Hemp was legalized as a farm commodity as part of the new federal farm bill.