But the advantages from hemp would be exponentially greater, Ford said, because hemp oil from seeds could be used for aviation fuel and biodiesel. Other parts of the plant — such as the “hurds” from the woody middle of the stalk — could be used for cellulosic ethanol.
Ford said the biomass also could be blended with Kentucky’s high-sulfur coal to “green” it up.
“We’re working with coal companies right now on a strategy for post-mining land use to add value to the land and create jobs,” Ford said.
Ever wonder why hemp is really illegal?