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Hemp Research Update and Information Session

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Dozens packed Cornell Cooperative Extension on Wednesday to hear about a hemp research update and information session.

Dr. Larry Smart is a professor of Horticulture, apart of the School of Integrative Plant Science, and a part of Cornell Agritech at Cornell University.

Smart says, "Experts are covering nearly every aspect of hemp... pests and diseases, biochemistry, tissue culture, and the economics, so we're really trying to cover all of our bases to support growth in New York State".

Smart says some of the many uses for hemp include CBD products which are gaining popularity, as well as possible fossil fuel replacement in the future.

Those in attendance got to hear what Cornell University had discovered in their two years of research as well as hear from farmers about their perspectives on the hemp industry.

The 2018 Farm Bill took Hemp off of the schedule 1 controlled substance list, so hemp will become a legal crop after the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill go into effect.

The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets samples crops to be sure it meets the less than .3% THC content.