KENTUCKY - THE HEMP CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Graves family is farming in Kentucky. Hemp is part of the rotation.
Jacob Hughes Graves II is farming hemp in Kentucky, known as “the best in the world”.
Hemp is included in the Marijuana Tax Act and is illegal to grow.
Rise of tobacco as a cash crop.
Graves’ seed confiscated by Federal Marshals.
Graves family is required to grow hemp for the war effort. One of their farms is appropriated for military use. Their seed was never returned. The Federal government’s Marijuana Tax Act and it strenuous regulations discouraged further commercial growing of hemp.
Last commercial hemp crop grown in Wisconsin.
Controlled Substance Act labeled industrial hemp as a controlled drug.
Tobacco is on the way out. Ag scientists consider hemp as an alternative, but the crop is still illegal.
Joe Hickey and Dan Wotten form the 4-F’s Club (“Future, Fuel and Fiber Farmers of America) and begin meeting with legislators about hemp.
Joe Hickey met Prof James Hopkins who wrote History of Hemp in Kentucky, who said Woodford Spears & Sons in Paris, Kentucky still had hemp processing equipment and historic records.
Joe and Sue Hickey convince Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones to form a commission to study hemp in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative is reorganized with Jake Graves as Chairman of the Board, Andy Graves as President, David Spalding as Secretary, and Joe Hickey Sr. as Executive Director. Board Members were Jim Baron and Tom Greathouse.
Kentucky Governor, Brereton Jones, announces a Hemp Task Force.
Andy Graves, Dave Spalding, Joe Hickey collect feral hemp seeds from Central Kentucky farms.
Jake Graves III, Joe Hickey, David Spalding and Andy Graves build relationships with the first hemp growers in Ontario to study their approach to hemp.
Jean Lapris, Woody Harrelson, Anita Roddick and Joe Hickey are founding partners in Kenex — Canada’s first fiber & seed processing facility.
Woody funds the University of Kentucky Research Survey Center’s state poll that showed 78% of Kentuckians favored hemp production.
Woody Harrelson brought international experts to visit Donna Cockrell’s grade school class to talk about industrial hemp.
Kentucky Hemp Museum and Library’s mobile exhibit were created and Craig Lee attended fairs and public events across Kentucky and America.
Kentucky’s Internationsa Hemp Conference was organized by Joe Hickey, Executive Director of Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association. Woody Harrelson moderated the event with participants from England, Canada, Ukraine, Hungary and The Netherlands.
TESTING THE LAW
In collaboration with Joe Hickey, Andy Graves and Dave Spalding, Actor Woody Harrelson challenge the Kentucky law by planting seeds in Lee County to provoke his arrest. Former Kentucky governor Louie Nunn served on his defense team. Harrelson was later acquitted of growing marijuana.
Andy Graves speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in Reno and wins their support, passing a resolution supporting industrial hemp farming across the United States.
Joe Hickey arranges the breeding feral Kentucky hemp cultivars at Kenex’s seed laboratory in Ontario and developed a hemp seed variety called “Deni.”
Harrelson funds the University of Kentucky’s Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky study.
Graves, Hickey, and Spalding organize the Louisville Forum debate between DEA and Woody Harrelson.
University of Louisville’s Professor, John I. Gilderbloom, Ph.D., weighed the eveidence on the economics and ecology of industrial hemp in his paper titled “Hemp: Rhetoric & Reality”
UK Press reissuance of “A History of the Hemp Industry in Kentucky”
Graves, Hickey, and Spalding were founding members of the North American Industrial Hemp Council and authored the Council’s name, mission and vision statements.
Kentucky Hemp Grower’s Coop filed a federal lawsuit to allow farmers to cultivate industrial hemp.
Ketchum Ad agency’s campaign defames “Kentucky Hemp Beer” with “fun ads” at behest of Budweiser, forcing the closing of Lexington’s first succesful micro-brewer.
DEA siezes Kenex U.S. hemp shipments in an effort to destroy the company.
Hemp Museum opens doors into Kentucky history in Versailles, Kentucky.
Graves, Spalding and Hickey spearhead efforts to write Kentucky’s Hemp Bill with Representative Joe Barrows.
Graves, Spalding and Hickey work with former governor, Louie B. Nunn, to pass the Hemp Bill.
Governor Nunn delivers hemp bales to members of Pine RIdge Oglala Sioux Tribe in the shadow of Mount Rushmore to replace their hemp crop destroyed by the DEA.
Jury acquits Woody Harrelson for planting industrial hemp seeds.
Graves, Spalding and Hickey work with former governor, Louie B. Nunn, to write and pass Kentucky House Bill 855.
Senator David Williams holds the Hemp Bill vote until he is visited by former Governor Nunn who instructs him to put House Bill 855 up for a Senate vote.
DEA attempts to ban hemp foods in the United States.
Graves, Spalding and Hickey continue to develop Kentucky Hemp cultivars in Canada.
Graves, Hickey and Spalding continue lobbying for Kentucky and federal Hemp legislation.
Kentucky Hemp Bill passes.
Graves, Spalding and Hickey formalize international partnerships to provide seed and markets for their growers.
NEW AGE OF INNOVATION
Federal Farm Bill of 2013 signed into law enabling cultivation and commercialization of industrial hemp when states have enabled legislation.
Atalo Holdings, Inc. is organized along with Hemp Oil Kentucky, Kenex Kentucky, and Kentucky Hemp Seed R& D, in a effort to provide leadership in research, development and commercialization of industrial Hemp.
Seeds are imported into US for planting. DEA attempts to hold up seed.
Jake Graves III plants industrial hemp on the family farm for the first time since 1944.
First harvest since 1944. Atalo has five farmers under contract in 2014.
Atalo begins negotiations for 127-acre Hemp Research Campus.
Atalo files first grower applications.
Atalo files 35 grower applications fro 500+ acres.
VICTORY FOR HEMP
Hemp Farming Act of 2018 is signed into law with the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing hemp as a commodity.
Atalo is permitted 10,000 acres, one of the largest permitted growers in the US.
True to our mission of research and development, Atalo and Anavii Market partner with Space Tango to study the hemp cultivar in the microgravity environment of space aboard the International Space Station. Kentucky seed was launched to the Station by Space X17 on May 6, 2019.
Atalo leases and begins buildout and technical installation of a 50,000 s/f processing, manufacturing, storage and distribution facility in Winchester, KY, focusing on hemp biomass derived proven agronomics and traceable seed genetics.
The Atalo Growers’ Group extends to six states as research and development of predictable financial models for hemp production and commercialization continue. Markets are uncertain due to interim regulations from the USDA and FDA, along with a flood of foreign CBD product and the potential for an oversupply of domestic biomass. The learning curve continues.
In response to growers’ requests, Atalo launches a new subsidiary company, HEMP KNOWBILITY, to provide agricultural consultation and access to traceable seed genetics. Hemp Knowbility offers a variety of consultation packages for those just beginning to very experienced, organic farmers.