$500k Down Payment to Re-establish U.S. Hemp Seed Bank

The Agriculture Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has received $500,000 in initial federal funding to create the nation’s only industrial hemp seed bank at Cornell AgriTech, a part of New York’s Cornell University system that researches food and agriculture.

The germplasm repository will enable researchers to identify pest-resistant and disease-resistant genes, and the chance to breed new hemp varieties, said Larry Smart, a horticulture professor in Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science. Read more …

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