Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation Incorporated
WINCHESTER KY 40391-9550
Contact Information
Nonprofit Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation Incorporated
Address 4274 COLBY RD
WINCHESTER, KY 40391 9550
Phone (859) 229-6427
Contact Name Annie Rouse
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2016
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We welcome donations on our website or by mailing a check to us at: 
4274 Colby Road
Winchester, KY 40391
We also welcome in-kind donations and volunteer support depending on the research and educational project underway. Please email us at for more information! 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Our mission is to advance the industrial hemp industry through fundamental research and market development.
Background Statement
The Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation was founded in December 2015 and launched in January 2016. Industrial hemp was Kentucky's number one cash crop in the 1800s and early 1900s with Kentucky producing 90% of the nation's hemp supply in 1900. In 1937 the industry became heavily regulated making it difficult to impossible for farmer's to grow hemp. The 2014 Farm Bill loosened regulation and now Kentucky is one of the leaders in production; however, the seventy year gap in production caused a loss in production knowledge, technological innovation and market penetration. In addition, its misrepresentation as a drug created a stigma that the industry must overcome through education.
We formed to counter-act these issues and build the hemp industry through fundamental research and market development. Our research projects and educational programs will support technological innovation and improve production practices providing the farmer with more efficient practices that increase their gross margins. The educational programs educate the farmers, processors and the general public about industrial hemp, and offer additional methods for enhancing market penetration of the crop.
We have launched two of these educational programs to date (Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off and GoOrganic! Program) and both were highly successful with over 200 attendees at the combined events, with an educational reach of over 2,000.
Through our educational events, donations and one fundraising event, we have raised approximately $12,000 in our first year of operations. 
Impact Statement
We are a voluntary-based organization and have hosted two educational events in our first year of operation, including launching our GoOrganic! Program and our first Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off! Our GoOrganic! Program consists of educational seminars educating farmers and processors on how to transition to organic with hemp and includes our GoOrganic! Fund which donated $250 to a Kentucky organic hemp farmer this year! Our Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off was warmly received in Lexington. We had 7 restaurants cook up a creative dish using hemp then had a community-wide tasting! The event educated restaurants and the general community on how to incorporate hemp foods into their menu items and everyday life. This event will be replicated in cities across the state in an effort to educate the general public and increase consumer demand!
We also donated $100 to benefit University of Kentucky's hemp field day.
In 2017, our goals include:
1. Increase education on industrial hemp through our Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off and launching a writing competition for middle school, high school and college students to educate them on industrial hemp.
2. Continue producer education through our GoOrganic! Program and Grower Seminars
3. Launch a successful crowdfunding campaign to support future educational events, research projects and administration.
4. Continue to fundraise beyond the crowdfunding campaign to support a program manager to initiate research projects, educational programs and fundraising strategies.
Since the start of 2017, we collaborated with the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Hemp Industries Association and County Extension Offices to host three producer seminars in three counties across the state. The seminars were free to the public and we served lunch. Each seminar had on average eighty attendees who learned about hemp production, agronomy, market opportunities, and techniques. 
Needs Statement
The Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation's most pressing need is funding to support research projects, educational programs and operation expenses. The research projects and educational programs are designed to improve production practices and increase demand for the hemp crop.
We currently operate as a voluntary-based organization, and we are seeking to raise $400,000 to support six educational programs, three research projects related to progressing Kentucky's hemp industry. This $400,000 includes two years of operations which would permit us to hire two part-time employees and summer interns.
The research programs include:
1. Nutritional assessment of chickens fed dietary hemp
2. Analyzing the optimal harvest time for hemp production
3. Manufacturing a cooperatively-owned, dual-purpose hemp harvester for use in Eastern Kentucky
The educational programs include: 
1. Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off
2. Writing Competitions for middle school, high school and college students
3. Building a Hemp-Based Bus Stop
4. Art Competition for mural on back of bus stop representing Kentucky's rich hemp history 
5. GoOrganic! Program
6. Historical accounting for old and new hemp production, including mapping old hemp farms and archiving Kentucky sales transactions dating back to 1896
Volunteers are welcomed! 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Currently, operating on a voluntary basis, we do not have a CEO or Executive Director; however, our management team brings decades of farming experience and hemp industry experience. Together, we work to enhance industry development, educate the public and build consumer demand to re-establish industrial hemp as a Kentucky cash crop.
Our President, Annie Rouse has seven years of hemp industry research. Our treasurer, Joe Hickey was instrumental in lobbying efforts in the 1990s and served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Hemp Grower's Cooperative. Board member Andrew Graves is a seventh generation hemp farmer and Chairman of Atalo Holdings, a Kentucky-based hemp company. Our secretary, Betsy Kephart is the administrative research assistant to the Dean of the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture and has 30+ years of farming experience. Another board member, Jane Harrod, is a Kentucky hemp grower and also has decades of farming experience. In addition, board member Nancy Roberts is an experienced organic grower.
Beyond these board members, we have two other board members and two advisors with experience in grant writing and fundraising. Last, our management team consists of three scientific advisors that are agronomic research professors, specializing in hemp at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.
Board Chair Statement
Operating in the heart of hemp country, our organization has found success through community and state legislative support; however, even with Kentucky's hospitable environment for hemp research and production, barriers to entry and industry hurdles still exist because of the agronomic misunderstanding between industrial hemp and marijuana. The bottom line: industrial hemp is not marijuana, it is non-psychoactive. It is like a poppy seed on a bagel, but its grain and fiber are far more useful than the poppy seed, and this is what I discovered when writing one fateful paper in college.
In 2009, I was studying economics at the University of Kentucky, when I came across the opportunity to write a paper on industrial hemp. This paper propelled my career into a path I would have never expected.  Scouring the library, I learned about Kentucky's stake in the industry in the 1800s and early 1900s and the ridiculous federal legislative framework and agronomic misunderstanding that pushed the highly efficient crop into federal control as a narcotic for more than seventy years. The agronomic misunderstanding labeled industrial hemp as marijuana, even though industrial hemp was nothing more than military rope and bio-diesel, but this stigma pulverized industry growth for decades to come.
The research paper (and an environmental economics course) intrigued me to further investigate the subject. In 2011, I enrolled in graduate school to study international environmental policy and business administration, where my thesis was to change the U.S. policy on industrial hemp regulation. While there I received a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to study the environmental life cycle on industrial hemp in Canada.
The Fulbright experience taught me about the gaps in the industry and above all proved to me how important hemp education is to expand markets. While in Canada, President Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill which included Section 7606, an important clause that opened industrial hemp production for research purposes and at pilot scales in states with abiding legislation. Kentucky was one of the first states on board and that summer successfully planted and harvested the first hemp production in decades. 
Upon finishing my Fulbright, I moved home to Kentucky and rooted myself in the industry. I had ideas for research and ideas for education, all designed to advance the industry, so I formed the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation. 
Education, improved production practices and market penetration are key to growing a domestic, local industry but this cannot be done effectively without financial support. We have the projects in place and the management support, but we need funding to initiate the projects. Unfortunately, federal funding for industrial hemp research and development is extremely limited, so we ask for your community support, to build upon the Foundation's mission and improve industry growth for the Kentucky farmer and the American farmer.
Thank you for your consideration! 
Annie Rouse, MBA/MA
Founder, President
U.S. Fulbright Scholar
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Tertiary Organization Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations / Philanthropy/Charity/ Voluntarism Promotion (General)
Geographic Areas Served
The Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation's educational programs and research projects serve all Kentucky counties, particularly counties with industrial hemp production, but the research projects have the potential to serve the nation.
Some projects directly benefit specific counties more than others because a project is implemented in that location. These counties include: Bourbon, Christian, Clark, Fayette, Floyd, Jefferson, Owen, Pike and Warren.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. We aim to raise funds to distribute for research projects and educational programs related to Kentucky's industrial hemp industry. Our research projects are meant to create a broader understanding of the industrial hemp plant, improve production practices, make processes more efficient, and develop markets. Our educational programs are meant to bring awareness to the subject, educate producers on industry trends and regulation and de-stigmatize the plant.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
We have initiated various events to improve education like our Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off. The Cook-Off provides an opportunity for restaurants to cook-up a creative dish using hemp and have a community-wide tasting. Our producer seminars are meant to educate growers and processors on current industry trends and appropriate practices. Our monthly seminars will provide education to a broader audience. Our Writing Competition is meant to educate middle school, high school and college students about industrial hemp and in turn have the students educate their friends and families.Our research projects are aimed at becoming more familiar with the plant and the potential markets.
In order to accomplish our research projects and educational programs we form strategic partner agreements with state universities and other non-profit organizations.  
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? Since launching in January 2016, we have successfully hosted four educational events and our first annual Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off. We had sold out attendance at each educational event and our Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off was well received by restaurants and the community. Given the success of these programs, we will continue to initiate these programs, improve upon them, and create more programs for the the future.
Board Chair
Board Chair Annie Rouse
Company Affiliation Think Hempy Thoughts
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Board Members
Andrew Graves Atalo HoldingsVoting
Jane Harrod Jane's Native SeedVoting
Joseph Hickey Atalo HoldingsVoting
Dale Josey Blackacre PreserveVoting
Betsy Kephart RetiredVoting
Nancy Roberts New Earth OrganicsVoting
Georgia Rodes Community VolunteerVoting
Annie Rouse Think Hempy ThoughtsExofficio
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 66%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 63%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Tom Kenne University of Kentucky
Ashton Potter-Wright Lexington Office of Economic Development
Dr. Bruce Pratt Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. David Williams University of Kentucky
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Not Applicable
Term Start Jan 2016
Because of our limited funds, we do not currently have a CEO/Executive Director; however, we will be hiring part-time administrative support soon.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Indian
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
We work with local restaurants to cook-up a unique dish using industrial hemp foods and have a community-wide tasting. The cook-off is free for restaurants to participate in and we ask for a donation for the broader community to taste. The cook-off is a family-friendly event with live music.
Budget $2,500
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food
Population Served Families, General/Unspecified, Adults
Program Short Term Success We believe that as restaurants participate in the cook-off they will begin to incorporate hemp foods within their menu items. Last year following the cook-off, 29% of restaurants already used hemp within their menu items, and 29% agreed to start to use the products within their recipes. In the coming years we would like to see an expansion of the participating restaurants, an offering of hemp beer tasting and an increase in attendance year over year.
Program Long term Success We believe that in the long-term the cook-offs will help to normalize hemp in the eyes of the community, so that people understand that hemp is not a drug, but rather a superfood that can be incorporated into diets in various ways. We also believe that the cook-off will create an increased demand for hemp food products both in local restaurants and within the broader community.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance and participating restaurants. Change in hemp food sales. Change in restaurants incorporating hemp foods. 
Examples of Program Success In our first cook-off, seven restaurants participated and we had an attendance of over 100 community members from Fayette County and surrounding counties. Given the number of competing events that day, we felt it was a great start to our program. The restaurants also had a good experience. We also were able to educate the public when marketing the event, which gave an additional opportunity to discuss the benefits of hemp foods.
Description We launched our first grower seminars this year. We held 3 seminars within a week span in Clark County, Christian County and Shelby County. The seminars were free to attend and lunch was provided. The seminars were held at the County Extension Offices. The seminars covered hemp regulation, markets, growing techniques, and agronomic research. We would like to host these twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall focusing on planting and harvesting, respectively.
Budget $1000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agriculture
Population Served Other Named Groups, Adults, General/Unspecified
Program Short Term Success We would like to continue to see steady and growing attendance during the events. The ability to host another seminar in the fall would be considered a success.
Program Long term Success The program is meant to provide producers with a better understanding of the current hemp industry so that they can make an informed decision when moving forward with production. We would like to continue to see steady attendance at the events and host them throughout the state.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance and in the future surveys.
Examples of Program Success During the three grower seminars we had an average crowd of approximately 90 attendees.
We are hosting a writing competition in collaboration with the Carnegie Center for middle school, high school and college students. The competition is meant to provide an opportunity for students to write a creative piece about industrial hemp so that they learn about the crop and in turn teach their families and friends. The program hosts three separate competitions. Each competition is judged and First, Second, and Third place winners are chosen. The winners in each category are then invited to participate in a public reading at the Carnegie Center.
Budget $3000
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults, Families
Program Short Term Success
Forty participants in year 1; fifty participants in year 2; sixty participants in year 3
Program Long term Success We will continue to see increased submissions to the program. Students will be educated about industrial hemp.
Program Success Monitored By Number of participants; surveys
Examples of Program Success We have not yet launched this program. We will host our first competition in Fall of 2017.
Description Our GoOrganic! Program is a series of educational seminars dedicated to educating producers on how to transition to organic with hemp. The program also has a small fund that benefits organic producers.
Budget 1000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served General/Unspecified, Families, Adults
Program Short Term Success Increased attendees during the seminars and increased applicants for the GoOrganic! Fund.
Program Long term Success With this program we would like to see an increase in organic producers in the state of Kentucky and a broader understanding from those individuals as to how to use hemp within their organic agriculture rotations.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance during seminars, applicants to fund, surveys.
Examples of Program Success We hosted the first GoOrganic! Seminar in February 2016 and had a sold out crowd of 70 attendees. We had two applicants for the GoOrganic! Fund and both expressed a deep need for additional funding in any increments to aid in the costs associated with organic production. We have also found an increase in organic hemp demand by manufacturers which propels the need to fulfill the demand through educational seminars on transitioning to organic with hemp.
Program Comments
CEO Comments Our organization faces fundraising challenges because there are minimal grant opportunities made available for industrial hemp because of its current status as a controlled substance. Regulation is loosening; however, until industrial hemp is entirely removed from the Controlled Substance Act, funding will federal and state grants will remain limited. For this reason we must rely on private donations. This is challenging but with the public's support, we believe that we can raise funds needed to initiate our programs and improve Kentucky's industrial hemp industry.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $45,000.00
Projected Expenses $35,000.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$7,483----
Administration Expense$755----
Fundraising Expense$1,693----
Payments to Affiliates$125----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.26----
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,649----
Current Assets$2,649----
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$2,649----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments This organization received its 501c3 determination in 2016 and does not yet have one full year of financials.
Address 4274 COLBY RD
WINCHESTER, KY 403919550
Primary Phone 859 229-6427
CEO/Executive Director Not Applicable
Board Chair Annie Rouse
Board Chair Company Affiliation Think Hempy Thoughts