Growing High-CBD Hemp in Kentucky

What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Kentucky

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Growing CBD seeds is a lucrative business for farmers in Kentucky. In fact, during the 1800s and early 1900s Kentucky was the largest hemp producer in the country. Hemp was a successful cash crop for many family farms. Now that this crop is finally legal to grow again, are you thinking of getting involved? According to an article in CNBC, “For farmers, industrial hemp can be up to four times more profitable than corn or soybeans and offers growth potential and better returns than tobacco.”

There are still some legal hoops to jump through, as well as a lot to learn about how to grow this crop profitably, and how to stay abreast of all the rules and regulations.

Here at the CBD Seed Co, we hope to be a valuable resource to Kentucky farmers looking to grow a high CBD crop. We invite you to check out our CBD and Hemp resources page for more information. CBD Seed Co. is the trusted CBD seed company serving Kentucky.

Also in this article:

  • Kentucky Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds
  • Regions of Kentucky where CBD is Grown
  • Kentucky Hemp & CBD Seed News
  • CBD & Hemp Organizations in Kentucky
  • Contact Us To See if We’re a Good Fit For Kentucky CBD Farming

Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Kentucky

Here are some of the main things you need to know about growing CBD seeds:

  1. Growing high CBD seeds in Kentucky requires a license through the state. It is currently a multi-year license but it does have annual renewal requirements, and the license can be applied for through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Program.
  2. You will be required to submit to a thorough background check, for all key participants, not just the business owners.
  3. KDA recommends all farmers do their due diligence about growing hemp before submitting their license application. Although there is a fair amount of information available both on their website and in the packet they provide with licensing, there is still much to be learned to be successful.
  4. Before planting, farmers should decide which type of hemp seeds they need, based on what use they are hoping to sell the crop for. Industrial hemp can be used for a huge array of items from paper to fuel, but one of the fastest-growing and most profitable categories is to make CBD oil and other products. The Kentucky soil requires specific types of high CBD seeds that will thrive there. CBD Seed Co is happy to advise any farmer on our available stock of the highest quality seeds and clones and make recommendations.
  5. At the moment, hemp plants can only have 0.3% THC, so specific seeds are required to produce plants that fall within the federal guidelines. However, the USDA is currently in the process of finalizing its regulations and this might change, along with several other regulations that make the crop more difficult to be successful with. Farmers and growers are strongly advised to stay on top of this volatile and changing topic to stay on the right side of the law and ensure commercial success.

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Kentucky

CBD Seed Co. has spent over five years in research and development in order to breed high-producing CBD seeds. Our genetics feature options that are ideal for the humid, subtropical climate and mild temperatures. We value compliance and always have our seeds independent, third-party lab tested for cannabinoid content, no pesticide exposure, and quality. Learn more about our current available hemp varieties:

High CBD Hemp Seeds

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BaOX Feminized Seed

Field tested from California to Michigan and down to Florida, Our BaOX feminized seed Is a no bralner for the large scale farmer looking to use mechanization from start to finish.

Cherry HD Feminized Seed

Cherry extracts very well but unfortunately also grows very slow. We set out to change this! We experimented with many different breeding combinations to increase vigor, size and strength without sacrificing terpene or cannabinoid content, the result of these trials is what we call Cherry HD. Cherry HD is a early finishing, bigger plant capable of competing with the weeds and creating a quick canopy. She has a sweet smell with a hint of funk.

• Strong field ready structure
• Heavy resin and terpenes
• Ideal for biomass or flower
• 2-3%CBC
• Early finisher, finishes mid to late September depending on geography


High CBD Hemp Clones

Baox High CBD Hemp Clones

This vigorously growing satlva dominant plant will fill In up to S’ spacing and will quickly create canopy to crowd out weeds with tighter spacing (we recommend 30″ x 24″). A true veteran of the hemp world BaOX has strong stalks and stems suited for even the windiest environments with close Inter-nodal spacing making her an excellent candidate for biomass.

• Quick to create canopy
• Excellent vigor and plant strength
• 26:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Excellent uniformity
• Ideal for biomass
• High in terpenes B-Myrcene and B-Caryophyllene

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Cherry HD Hemp Clones

Cherry is a short squat plant that grows in a very dense tight bush with thick resinous flowers that stretch to the bottom of the plant. Very resinous with nice tight buds making it ideal for either extraction of flower. Cherry grows a little slower than most so performs best when planted a little denser. While she is smaller she makes up for it with Cannabinoid content.

• High terpene content
• Dense flowers
• 29:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Can reach 15% CBD or more.
• Finished flower has an almost red or purple hue
• High in terpene b-caryophyllene, farsenene, humulene, limonene, linalool and myrcene

Spectrum Hemp Clones

Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.

• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio

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Spectrum Hemp Clones

Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.

• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio

CBG Clones

CBG is a fast growing indica dominant CBG variety suited perfectly for the Smokable flower Market. Fast growing and even faster to flower she makes for quick turnaround time between runs. Heavy resin with large dense flowers make this a win win for grower and customer alike.

• Kush like terpene profile
• Can reach up to 25% CBG
• Best for indoor growing
• Needs 20+ hours daylight in Veg

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Kentucky Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture should always be your first stop when looking for Kentucky regulations on growing industrial hemp/CBD crops. There are many sites offering information, but if you want to make sure it is the most current, stick with the KDA. Whether you are growing your crop from clones or from seeds, whether in a greenhouse or outdoors in your fields, the information you need to keep it legal will always be found on this site. If you have any questions, you can reach the hemp program at or call (502) 573-0282. 

According to current Kentucky law, “no person can grow, handle (possess), or process hemp plants, viable seed, leaf or floral materials without a hemp license issued by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.”

Here are some of the most useful links on the KDA’s website:

As far as state and federal regulatory agencies for growing CBD seeds and clones, basically, these two are the only ones you’ll need. Please make use of the wonderful, thorough, and current information contained on their pages. By doing so, you will always stay safely within the law and have the best chance of bringing a successful crop to market.

National Resources for Hemp Regulations

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): This federal agency provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. They are a researched-based organization that invests in and supports initiatives to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture, now including industrial hemp and CBD. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.
  • USDA: The United States Department of Agriculture is in charge of creating regulations for the industrial hemp industry and the growing of CBD seeds and clones. Their site is comprehensive and a must-read for hemp growers and processors. While there is a state program here, farmers looking for licensing in other states without a hemp program can often obtain licensing directly from the USDA. This federal resource is crucial to keep up with in addition to state regulations.
  • FDAThe FDA is currently creating a legal framework for hemp-derived CBD products. For farmers cultivating hemp in order to produce CBD, this can be a great resource. Once the FDA has established its regulatory framework for CBD products, this could potentially impact farmers as well as manufacturers. Farmers that are also processors and manufacturers of CBD products can also find its current instructions on how to stay compliant in terms of labeling, marketing, and more.
  • Vote Hemp: This nonprofit is dedicated to educating legislators and policymakers, advocating for progressive hemp laws, and defending standing policies that inhibit commerce. In addition to advocacy, farmers can utilize this resource for its regulatory information. The website provides comprehensive regulation education by state including ways that you can help with advancing policies. From legal cases to regular political updates, farmers can keep up to date with the ever-changing legal framework.
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Kentucky’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

Hemp biomass can only be legally transported by a licensed hemp grower or processor. The KY House Bill 236 allows licensed hemp processors to transport materials with over 0.3% THC to other licensed hemp processors if the final product will contain the legal THC threshold. Kentucky restricts certain hemp products, making it important for growers and processors to ensure they’re the only ones transporting their biomass and to always carry licensing as well as COAs.

Regions of Kentucky Where CBD Is Grown

Once upon a time, the great state of Kentucky was the largest hemp grower in the nation. Over the years, many farmers switched to tobacco, even before hemp became illegal. Today, though, many farmers across the state are turning back to hemp and CBD growing.

The first hemp fields planted after the passage of the 2014 Agricultural Act (which legalized the growing of hemp again) took place in a 500-acre plot in 2017. This plot was located in the fertile fields of Harrison County.

Is Kentucky suitable for the successful growing of industrial hemp for CBD production?

Both the climate and soil in Kentucky happen to be perfect for growing CBD seeds and clones. Since the state is a large agricultural/food crop producer, industrial hemp can be successfully grown in any area of Kentucky that produces other crops.

Hemp farming is legal in every county in Kentucky and strongly supported by the state’s Department of Agriculture and the Governor. In 2019, more than 50,000 acres (20,234 hectares) have been approved for Kentucky hemp production, and 26,000 acres of CBD seeds and clones were actually planted.

Top agricultural counties in KY, according to the 2017 census:

  • Graves County – $346.2 million.
  • Fayette County – $215.5 million.
  • Bourbon County – $209.6 million.
  • Christian County – $205.3 million.
  • McLean County – $190.8 million.

The financial success of these counties with agriculture means that that hemp can also be a successful crop in any of them—and is already likely being grown there. In fact, hemp is easier to grow than tobacco or corn, two of the leading cash crops.

The following counties even hold hemp and CBD growing meetings for farmers, which provide useful information on various aspects of hemp growing and production:

  • Bath County
  • Fayette County
  • Warren County
  • Hardin County
  • Marshall County
  • Breathitt County
  • Pendleton County

Contact each county directly for more information.

If you are considering growing CBD seeds or clones, but not sure about your area, please reach out to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. They stand ready to assist you with a vast knowledge base. However, if there is farming of any kind in your area, you can rest assured that hemp can definitely be cultivated there.

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Kentucky Agricultural Regions for Growing CBD Hemp

Kentucky offers rich, diverse agricultural regions perfect for farming high CBD hemp:

  • Mississippi Embayment
  • Shawnee Hills
  • Knobs
  • Mississippian Plateaus
  • Bluegrass
  • Appalachian Plateaus

When you’re ready to invest in CBD seed, it’s important to discuss your agricultural region and climate with your provider. This ensures that you choose the right strain for your specific topography and climate needs.

Kentucky Hemp & CBD Seed News

Check out all the latest and most important news from Kentucky’s CBD and industrial hemp industry…

March 10, 2020: Kentucky Hemp Industries Association supports HB 506. This bill exempts Combustible Floral Material (CFM) from the definition of marijuana and would exempt any person in possession, custody, or control of CFM from the penalties applicable to those persons who violate KRS Chapter 218A. If you are trying to keep up with the changing laws regarding hemp growing, production, and sale of CBD crops in Kentucky, this is a must read.

March 12, 2020: Kentucky Legislators Move Forward to Establish Cannabis Research Center. This article details Kentucky House Bill 463, which would establish the Kentucky Center for Cannabis Research at the University of Kentucky. As you probably know, both hemp and marijuana are cannabis plants. If passed, the University could receive up to $4 million from the General Assembly over the next two fiscal years.

Feb 15, 2020: Hemp industry continues to grow in KY; Could medical marijuana be next? The title of this one is pretty self-explanatory. A fascinating read from

Feb 10, 2020: Kentucky’s hemp supporters remain optimistic despite ‘growing pains’. As reported on, “The bankruptcy of a major hemp processor is raising new questions about the future of the crop in Kentucky.” What will this mean for the future of hemp/CBD seed growing and hemp production in the state?

Jan 21, 2020: Kentucky will operate 2020 hemp program under existing rules. Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture reports that they will extend the state’s hemp pilot program for the 2020 growing season with no changes. This also means they have withdrawn their application for federal approval for its regulations to grow the plant.

October 25, 2019: Cash-flow, legal issues giving Kentucky hemp ‘growing pains’. As reported in the Lexington Herald Leader, “several major hemp companies have hit financial and legal snags, even as cannabidiol or CBD turns up everywhere from food to pharmacies.” This article details a lawsuit between a group of Kentucky hemp/CBD farmers and a processing company, which has since had to file bankruptcy.

The CBD and industrial hemp industries are in continual flux. As a hemp farmer, it’s vital for you to stay abreast of the news and the changing regulations. For more news about the Kentucky industrial hemp and CBD seed industry, check out the Kentucky page of Hemp Industry Daily. They can keep you up to date on all Kentucky hemp/CBD business and legal news. They feature news by state, an industry directory, business resources, and much more. Subscribe to their email newsletter to receive the info you are looking for directly to your inbox.

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CBD & Hemp Organizations in Kentucky

When you join the hemp industry, it’s always wise to find networking opportunities. Joining local and national organizations can provide you with these opportunities in addition to important support for the success of your farm. You can find localized farming advice, marketing outlook, and more when you find the right group.

Kentucky-Based Hemp Organizations

  • (KYHIA): According to this organization’s website, their mission is “is to represent the interests of the emerging Kentucky hemp industry. As a 501(c)(6) membership-based non-profit trade group, we seek to encourage the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp while offering our members a network of like-minded, trusted individuals within the current hemp industry.” KYHIA has an annual conference in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. This year the conference will be attended by researchers from various Kentucky universities. They will make presentations on hemp economics, greenhouse hemp, hemp insects, and much more. If you are a CBD seed grower in Kentucky, this conference is a must-do. Check out KYHIA’s Facebook page as well.
  • Center for Agricultural Hemp at Murray State University: Not so much an organization as a research center. The center is currently administered through the university’s Hutson School of Agriculture. Its mission is to provide opportunities for research, education, policy, and innovation within the hemp industry to its students and agribusinesses.
  • U.S. Hemp Roundtable: This nationwide organization is a coalition of dozens of leading companies and organizations committed to safe hemp and CBD products. They provide much-needed hemp and CBD education to elected officials and policymakers nationwide, as well as keep you informed on the latest industry updates. Check out their Kentucky state page for more information about the action needed in Kentucky, including a form to submit to your state representatives.

National Hemp Organizations

  • Friends of Hemp: This organization is a 501(c)(3) created to grow the industry through education and opportunity. Their focus at the moment is not on CBD seeds but on attempting to make hemp seeds legal for other purposes, such as an incredibly nutritious and economical food for livestock.
  • Hempstead Project Heart: Hempstead is an educational, environmental, and economic advocate for industrial hemp. This organization strives to raise awareness of industrial hemp for tribes and local communities. By focusing on raising awareness on the benefits of hemp, Hempstead hopes to help redevelop successful hemp economies and connecting tribal, urban, and rural communities. Farmers can find more general information regarding hemp if they’re interested in learning more about the industry and finished product opportunities.
  • National Hemp Association: Membership is available for entrepreneurs, farmers, professors, researchers, manufacturers, investors, organizations, and businesses involved in the hemp industry. This is an excellent resource for beginner farmers and experienced farmers alike looking to joining an extensive network. Since this association serves farmers, processors, businesses, manufacturers, and researchers, you can connect with different individuals from various sectors of the industry. While local organizations are always important, having a national network can help you expand your business and find potential biomass buyers. From member directories to state-specific resources, this is a wonderful starting point.
  • Hemp Industries Association: Hemp Industries Association has worked as a hemp advocacy group for almost 30 years. The organization has fought to legalize and establish hemp as a federal commodity through legal action, advocacy, and education. They offer a great trade association for hemp farmers with reasonable membership pricing. Membership benefits include incredible networking benefits with other individuals in the industry as well as lawmakers. With significant educational resources and highly transparent access to other members, hemp farmers can create connections and find invaluable information.
  • US Hemp Roundtable: This coalition of leading hemp companies and organizations is committed to safe hemp and CBD products. The US Hemp Roundtable works with political officials for passing legislation that supports both hemp farmers and consumers. This organization also provides education and advocacy to help create a viable path for safe, legal hemp-derived products. Gain access to complimentary state action, industry updates, and federal resources when you sign up for their newsletter.
  • US Hemp Authority: Achieve better credibility, compliance, and more by getting certified through the US Hemp Authority. If you’re only interested in growing hemp then selling your biomass to a buyer or processor, this certification is not for you. This resource is for Kentucky farmers that plan on producing CBD in-house or would like to sell hemp-derived products. For farms interested in branding themselves and selling directly to consumers, having a US Hemp Authority certification can provide better trust for your customers. Since the CBD industry is currently unregulated, this certification provides assurances that your growing and manufacturing standards are high.
  • US Hemp Growers Association: Gain access to hemp research and incredible resources that help farmers stay up to date on regulatory developments, certified CBD seed, and more. This farmer-specific national organization is great for connecting with other licensed growers and certified crop advisors. They offer a free six-month trial membership and have various membership levels to choose from. With comprehensive educational resources, this can be a great jumping-off point for novice hemp farmers. US Hemp Growers Association also provides extensive industry and regulatory resources in addition to events you can attend.
  • American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp: The trade association is a great place for both marijuana and hemp industry professionals. Their mission is to professionalize industry representation. Unlike the other hemp-specific associations, this one provides support for both cannabis industries. This can provide a wonderful networking opportunity for fellow individuals in the hemp industry as well as the marijuana industry. By focusing on advocacy and education, ATACH hopes to make cannabis mainstream and provide professional industry representation.

Hemp Biomass Selling Tips for Kentucky Farmers

  • Hire a hemp broker: There are licensed hemp brokers that can help you negotiate the best price for your hemp biomass. You’ll want to look for an experienced individual with many connections in the industry and a great track record.
  • Presell your biomass: This is an ideal option since the window for selling your harvested biomass is short. Having a buyer lined up can help alleviate stress post-harvest while giving you the competitive advantage of growing specific strains that potential buyers are looking for.
  • Sell directly to buyers: If you have the connections, it may be a good idea to cut out the middle man. Selling directly to buyers can help you maximize your profits but it will require more work.
  • Profit-sharing agreements: For farmers interested in joining the hemp industry but don’t have the upfront finances, profit-sharing agreements may be a good option for you. Profit-sharing works by finding a buyer willing to pay for all upfront costs and recoups these expenses after harvest.
  • Hemp future contracts: This type of agreement is signed before you start your season with a set price arranged for your biomass. While the price provided in future contracts is usually less than the price available with the open market, this is a good option for better stability and minimizing fluctuation risks.
  • Networking: Joining a hemp association or attending a hemp trade show can offer networking opportunities for connecting with potential buyers. The more places you can find to network, the more opportunities you’ll find.
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Kentucky Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ

Currently, Kentucky prohibits selling viable seeds, leaf materials, or floral materials to the general public. Only licensed hemp growers and processors are allowed to handle this material for processing into finished products.

Both hemp grower and processor renewal applications are due by December 31. New applicants must submit their applications by March 15.

Farmers are required to have one pre-harvest sample and test done prior to harvesting. We recommend regular testing in order to ensure your crops stay compliant. It’s best to test once a week and increase the frequency the closer you get to harvest.

While pivot irrigation and flood irrigation are acceptable and popular methods for hemp farming, drip irrigation is ideal. Drip irrigation offers the benefits of automation capability, high water efficiency, and minimized risk of mold.

If you would like to produce textiles, food, building products, etc., you’ll need to find traditional hemp seed for your endeavor. If you’d like to produce CBD, you’ll need to find a high-producing CBD seed that’s bred for this purpose. Always work with a trusted company that values compliance.

Kentucky CBD Hemp Farming Resources

Learn more about local market updates, cultivation advice, and more for your hemp farm:

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Work With Kentucky’s Trusted CBD Seed Company

Is CBD Seed Co a good fit for Kentucky farmers looking to grow high-quality CBD seeds and clones? First of all, the farmer will have to do his own due diligence regarding the seeds and clones that are allowed by the Kentucky Department of agriculture. As we are a Colorado-based company, make sure you check on the legality of importing CBD seeds or clones across state lines, as regulations continue to change as the industry evolves.

Why use a Colorado-based company to grow hemp in Kentucky? Well, if you are looking to sell your crop for CBD oil or other CBD products, we can assure you that our CBD seeds and clones have proven genetics. This means they have the federally mandated ratio of high CBD to low THC (less than .03% THC).

All of our seeds and clones come from mother plants that were raised to the highest organic specifications. We guarantee, via independent testing, that they contain no pesticide residues.

And what about your farm’s expected profits using our seeds and clones? We confidently project 80%of gross revenue as net profit when cultivating our feminized high CBD hemp seed.

Take a look at our genetically proven high CBD seed and clone offerings and prices now! Please note that whether your order is small or enormous, we can handle it. However, for CBD clone orders over 1000, we’ll need approximately two weeks to fill the order.

At CBD Seed Co, we have been in the industrial hemp/CBD seed business since 2009, with a strong focus on research and development. We are also a vertical company, meaning we have our own hemp/CBD farms, production, and even a successful retail arm. We feature the outstanding results of our CBD research with a full line of organic CBD oils and other products. This extensive level of experience is unmatched by anyone else in the industry. We proudly offer the results of this experience to you, ensuring that you and any other farmers around the globe can optimize your profits and supply the ever-increasing demand for high-quality CBD.

Why not let our success inform yours? We’re here to help!

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