USDA approves Alaska’s industrial hemp plan

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved Alaska’s plan to promote and regulate the production of industrial hemp. The head of the Alaska Division of Agriculture says that means Alaska farmers will be able to diversify by growing a different crop that can be made into products that are increasingly in demand here and worldwide.

Hemp is a type of cannabis that only contains a tiny amount of the psychoactive ingredient THC. It’s a versatile plant used for biomass and the manufacture of materials like rope and fabric, as well as for a variety of CBD-based products for things like pain relief, health and beauty.

“This is already a more than 2-billion-dollar-a-year industry,” state agriculture division director David Schade said. “And that’s (expected) to grow exponentially around the world.”

Schade says hemp holds a lot of economic promise for Alaska. And he says the state has what it takes to grow it.

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