Nation’s only industrial hemp seed bank to sprout in Finger Lakes

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FILE – In this April 19, 2018, file photo, a man displays hemp seeds being prepared for sale to industrial hemp farmers at his facility in Monmouth, Ore. A global hemp research lab announced Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Oregon, is part of a larger movement to bring the standardization to hemp that traditional crops like corn and cotton enjoy. (AP Photos/Gillian Flaccus, File)

GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) — Work has begun on creating the nation’s only hemp seed bank in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

The “Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository” will be established at Cornell University’s agricultural research facility in Geneva.

Sen. Charles Schumer announced the launch of the new facility last week. He said he worked to secure $500,000 in federal funding for the project because of the potential the crop has to boost upstate New York’s economy.

The seed bank will help breeders and geneticists develop new varieties of industrial hemp while also helping identify genes for pest and disease resistance.

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