Global Hemp Innovation Center to Be Based at Oregon State University
Oregon State University (OSU) announced that it is launching the Global Hemp Innovation Center, the nation’s largest research center devoted to the study of hemp. Lead researcher Jay Noller explains the Center’s aim as follows: “We want to understand how to efficiently and sustainably grow hemp for seeds, for hemp fiber materials that can be used in textiles and construction materials, including as an alternate to gravel in concrete, for hemp essential oils that have popular health and wellness uses, and for hemp grain for use in foods and feed. Multi-use hemp is what we are excited about globally.” Researchers are not only planting hemp for research purposes in Oregon, but are also working with international university faculty to learn more about the propagation and uses of hemp. Additionally, OSU announced that it is launching seed certification services for hemp seeds to be used by farmers registered in Oregon.