- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - An agronomist from the University of Kentucky who helped plant hemp at the Henry Clay Estate says some of the seeds may sprout as early as Saturday.

Agronomist Rich Mundell was on hand this week as hemp was planted at Ashland for the first time in 130 years.

Ashland curator Eric Brooks told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1rVuHc8 ) that the hemp will be an educational tool and a permanent part of the estate.

Hemp was once one of Kentucky’s top cash crops but was banned from being grown without a federal permit by the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. Restrictions were loosened in 2014.

The United Hemp Industries, the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and the university’s industrial hemp research program facilitated the planting Tuesday. The foundation will host Henry Clay’s hemp symposium on June 11.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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