- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A nonprofit association that advocates for hemp growers is hosting an annual conference with a keynote address by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

The Hemp Industries Association organized the three-day conference, which begins on Sept. 27. Its members are hemp businesses and farmers. It’s the first time the conference will be held in Kentucky.

University of Kentucky agronomist David Williams will also speak on the potential of hemp. The conference at the Hilton in downtown Lexington will focus on the expansion of the industry and market in North America and include a hemp farm tour.

The group says in the U.S., 26 states have removed barriers to hemp production.

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