Hemp growing workshop held for future growers

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HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — The number of hemp farms is growing exponentially in the state of Alabama.

On Friday, the Alabama Extension Office held a workshop for growers and those who are planning to grow it. Hemp is a relative of marijuana and used for its CBD oil. It’s used as a replacement material for plastics in building material.

Auburn teachers are learning as they go on growing a hemp crop. In order for it to be considered marijuana, it must have a low percentage of THC.

“When people ask me how you grow this crop, it’s a loaded question and we are learning as we move on really with this process,” Dr. Katelyn Kesheimer said.

At this time, some 47 states allow the production of hemp. That’s nearly double the number from last year.

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