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NY Universities to Grow Industrial Hemp

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has published final regulations for colleges to grow legal hemp. Seeds will be planted in the state this spring.

Through the hemp pilot program, ten three-year licenses will be granted to state universities to grow industrial hemp. Colleges will have the ability to work with local farmers to study methods of growth, harvesting and marketing of the crop.

“We’ve got thousands of unused acres that I think could be used to grow hemp. More importantly, this is something that could be manufactured into products, goods that can be sold," says Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D), "So I think this would be part of the resurgence of manufacturing around agriculture products for our community."

Lupardo adds that stalk and seeds from hemp can be used to produce goods such as building materials, food and environmental products.

Cornell University and Morrisville State College have already expressed interest in applying for licenses.