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Growing industrial hemp in the Southeast

Agricultural producers in the Southeast are always looking for new crops to supplement or replace older crops that are not providing good returns. One of the newest crops to be discussed is industrial hemp (not to be confused with medicinal hemp, or marijuana). Hemp was grown frequently in the past and has a number of uses for the fibrous material, but went out of production in recent decades. Now there is renewed interest in adding this crop to the suite of other crops in the Southeast. This article from Vegetable and Crop Specialty News discusses some of the ways that scientists in Florida are looking at the possibilities for growing hemp in the Southeast in the future in a new pilot project. You can read more at http://vscnews.com/the-hype-on-hemp/.