The University of Florida Board of Trustees has given the OK for UF/IFAS researchers to develop hemp management and cropping systems. The move is an important step to test the viability of what could become a valuable alternative crop for the state’s agriculture producers.
Industrial hemp, a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, has been cultivated for 10,000 years as a fiber and grain crop. In addition, industrial hemp has applications for building materials, plastics, forages, skin products, and even pain relief as a topical oil. Often confused with its Cannabis cousin marijuana, hemp contains considerably less of the psychoactive compound THC (< 0.3% per dry weight) and requires minimal care in cultivation as opposed to a carefully controlled environment.
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