Researching Industrial Hemp as a Crop for Kansas

The Alternative Crop Research Act allows the Kansas Department of Agriculture to oversee the cultivation of industrial hemp in a research program.

Jason Griffin, director of the John C. Pair Horticultural Center near Wichita, says the Center is conducting industrial hemp research for Kansas State University.

Griffin and researchers at Kansas State University have released two new fact sheets on industrial hemp. Griffin says hemp, which is different than marijuana but part of the same cannabis family, has two sides – an intoxicating side – and an industrial-use side.

Two early challenges for growing industrial hemp is a shortage of seed because very few companies are selling it – and if they are – it’s expensive.

At this point, Griffin says more is unknown than known about the practicality of growing industrial hemp in Kansas.

However, Griffin says there’s a growing consensus that industrial hemp could be a viable crop for Kansas.

More information on industrial hemp is available at K-State Research and Extension offices across the state. You can find the fact sheets on the Northwest Research Extension Center’s website: northwest.k-state.edu.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.