For years, the University of Florida shied away from hemp; but that’s about to change. According to The Gainesville Sun, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has plans to begin growing hemp later this year. The change in policy was enabled by the state legislature when it passed a bill authorizing state land-grant universities to begin researching industrial hemp. The university’s research will focus on hemp varieties that grow across Florida, the development of management practices, and ways to prevent hemp from becoming an invasive threat to agricultural crops in the state. Additionally, UF has announced that it will host a series of workshops next month for those interested in becoming involved with the hemp industry.

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