Move aside, corn. Nebraska researchers receive permit to use hemp as field crop


LINCOLN, Neb. — Researchers in Nebraska are one step closer to starting research on using hemp as a field crop.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s agronomy and horticulture department received a permit last week that will allow it to research hemp, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. But they’re still waiting for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to approve the importation of seeds from Canada-based Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers Cooperative.

It’ll likely take at least three weeks to get the seeds after the DEA signs off on the paperwork, said Héctor L. Santiago, assistant dean of the Agronomy Department’s Agricultural Research Division.

Professor Ismail Dweikat hopes to get plants in the ground this year. He will likely grow the seeds in a greenhouse if they don’t arrive before June 15.

Dweikat said the research will explore a variety of factors farmers will want to know about the potential crop, including nitrogen...

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