Thursday, May 25, 2017

N.C. A&T to showcase commercial uses of industrial hemp

By Jessicsa Seaman

N.C. A&T State University will showcase industrial hemp at its farm next month, the university announced Wednesday.

Farmers and others can find out more about industrial hemp at the 16th annual Small Farms Field Day being held on June 15. The event, which starts at 8 a.m., is held at the N.C. A&T State University Farm, located at 3136 McConnell Road.
Industrial hemp uses include food, paper, textiles, clothing and biofuel. State lawmakers legalized industrial-hemp production in 2015. And a pilot research program involving faculty at A&T and N.C. State University was established in 2016.

“It’s potential is huge,” said Guochen Yang, professor at the university and member of the Industrial Hemp Commission, in a statement. “You can grow it for seeds, or you can grow it for fiber.”

The Field Day shows farmers and gardeners how to increase food productivity and improve profit. Other demonstrations will include converting agriculture and food wastes into energy, and artificial insemination of beef cattle, the news release said.

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