ALBANY — The state's first legal hemp crop in more than 70 years is thriving on 30 fertile acres of upstate New York, and demand is building for its seeds and stalks.

JD Farms, in the rural Madison County town of Eaton, is growing the hemp as part of a project with Morrisville State College to see how the crop responds to various fertilizers.

Harvested hemp, now allowed to be sold in New York if grown with a permit, can be used in textiles, auto parts, furniture, paper, construction materials, personal care products and food.

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