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HUDSON, N.Y. (WTEN) – The stigma around hemp has slowly started to change and is now receiving some recognition on the federal level giving farmers more options in an already tight market.
Old Mud Creek Farm is one of 100 research farms in upstate New York that grows industrial hemp.
“This is our second year producing hemp,” Old Mud Creek Farm manager Ben Dobson said. “We’re starting to understand how the hemp works in our soils, in our fields.”
Dobson has been participating in the state’s industrial hemp research program and has been studying how hemp should be harvested and marketed in New York.
“The biggest misconception is that hemp is a drug that makes you high,” Dobson said. “Marijuana contains THC, tetrahydracannabidiol, which makes you high, whereas, hemp contains less than .3 percent of THC.”