Virginia’s Hemp Research Program ‘a Work in Progress’

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Virginia’s Hemp Research Program ‘a Work in Progress’

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Virginia is wrapping up its second year of a hemp research program that allows farmers to grow the plant, a crop long banned because of its association with marijuana.

The 78 acres (32 hectares) planted across the state in 2017 was more than double the 2016 total.

But research reports and interviews with those involved in the program show the challenges that come with cultivating a plant that had not been grown in Virginia for decades.

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