UF Hemp Pilot Project Gains Sponsorships and Success (The Independent Florida Alligator)

UF Hemp Pilot Project Gains Sponsorships and Success

The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural SciencesIndustrial Hemp Pilot Project has proven successful in its research and fostering relationships within the agriculture industry. 

The purpose of the hemp pilot project is to see if growing hemp commercially is feasible. It is a two-year project that identifies which hemp varieties and management practices function best in Florida.

Zachary Brym, IFAS assistant professor and project coordinator, said it began research in May and started with seven faculty researchers and three sites. The project grew to 30 faculty members and 14 permits for research locations.

“The program has grown larger and faster than I imagined,” he said. “It’s really great to have a strong team and the support of the IFAS Research, Extension and the Agronomy Department.”

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