Is Industrial Hemp America’s Next Cash Crop?

Research is underway in Kentucky to determine beneficial future uses for industrial hemp.

Close Up of Industrial Hemp Plant

Industrial hemp may very well be the United States' next big cash crop.

Photo by Fotolia/Svetoslav Sokolov

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Studies have been initiated in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, where plots of industrial hemp will be grown and tested. Included in the new Farm Bill are provisions for growing designated plots of industrial hemp to study its value in medical research, bioremediation of contaminated soil, and use as a clothing fiber.

Universities and state agriculture departments where it is already legal to grow industrial hemp in Kentucky are the only places able to grow test plots. Local farmers in the area have shown enthusiasm and feel confident in a growing market for industrial hemp. Read more at The Rural Blog.