The rise of hemp: Florida A&M University’s research pilot project takes root with partnerships


A look into the various uses for hemp.
Marty Pearl/Louisville Courier Journal

Florida AM University is officially in the mix of the state’s accelerated interest in establishing a commercial hemp industry that could change the agricultural landscape in North Florida and throughout the Sunshine State.

Agreements have been signed with three major companies with years of experience in other states that preceded Florida’s approval of hemp production during this year’s legislative session.

The partners are: Sunshine Hemp of St. Cloud, Florida, Green Earth Cannaceuticals, of Newberry, Florida, and Future Farm Technologies of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Florida AM has created a team of professors and researchers who are representing the university in the project to determine which hemp varieties work best in Florida’s climate, soil preferences and best practices.

Industrial hemp involves the non-psychoactive species of cannabis and is not

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