Even though Paul and Donna Glover live a ways out of Hawesville, they own a booming retail business.
The Glovers grow, dry and grind industrial hemp on their Hancock County farm. They ship the ground mixture to Commonwealth Extracts in Louisville, which extracts the plant’s CDB oil — or cannabidiol oil — and turns it into Mile Marker 5 products.
In August, the Glovers started marketing a new product line of salve and tincture under that brand.
They operate out of a small office/retail space in the front of a metal barn on their farm. They also sell online and at area stores.
Owensboro Family Pharmacy, Spiral Path, Wilson Family Pharmacy, Oak & Olive Boutique and The Artists Tribe carry Mile Marker 5 products. The Fast Fuel in Thruston and The Elm in Henderson stock the brand.
“I have customers in Washington, Idaho, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and New Jersey,” Paul Glover said of online sales.
His products fill a niche market. Mile Marker 5’s salves and tinctures are packaged in smaller containers.
“It’s affordable for people to try to see if it works for them,” Paul Glover said.
A few years ago, the Glovers started growing industrial hemp as part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s ongoing research pilot program.
In 2014 — the program’s first year — Kentucky licensed 33 acres for industrial hemp production, as compared to 3,200 acres last year.
The Glovers are the only farmers in Hancock County who participate in the pilot program. According to KDA records, two producers in Daviess County are licensed to grow industrial hemp. Ohio, McLean and Muhlenberg counties each have one.