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Nebraska researcher gets government’s OK to plant research plot of industrial hemp

LINCOLN — A University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher said Tuesday that he’s received federal approval to plant the state’s first research plot of industrial hemp.

Approval by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in time for spring planting had been uncertain.

Ishmail Dweikat, a professor of agronomy and horticulture, said that UNL will obtain hemp seeds from Canada, where hemp has been grown for several years, to test which varieties grow best in Nebraska and under what conditions.

“It’s been grown here for many years. All we have to do is discover the best type for our state,” he said.

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Paul Hammel ~ Omaha.com ~

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