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Kansas State University Research and Extension Finding Answers about Industrial Hemp

Kansas State University Research and Extension reports that test plots of industrial hemp have been growing for about two months at three of its research centers across the state. K-State researchers are seeking answers to many questions, including whether to grow hemp for grain, fiber or CBD (cannabidiol) oil. K-State Research and Extension is testing several different production techniques, fertilizer treatments, and varieties, as well as looking for pests and diseases. Jason Griffin, director of the John C. Pair Horticulture Center, explains that scientists are rapidly gaining time- and cost-saving experience “so that we can get that information out there for the farmers, for the growers who want to grow this, so that they can learn from our mistakes.”