The Hemp Research Consortium, a public-private partnership to advance science supporting a sustainable hemp industry (learn more here), has announced its first grants to foster hemp research. The Consortium and matching funders are providing a total of $1,119,198 to Cornell University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Kentucky to fund projects covering genetic research, breeding techniques, and growing conditions.
“People have cultivated hemp for centuries, but we have only had the potential to apply cutting-edge science and technology to research and breeding within the last five years,” says Dr. Jeffrey Rosichan, director of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research’s Crops of the Future Collaborative. “We now have the potential to expand our knowledge of hemp and its potential by leaps and bounds, and this pioneering research provides great opportunities for breakthroughs.”
“These projects represent the first of many collaborative, cross-cutting consortium initiatives to address hemp agronomic challenges and accelerate the industry as a whole,” says Dr. David Suchoff, director of the Hemp Research Consortium and assistant professor at NC State University.
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