USDA Grants $5M To Tennessee ‘s Hemp Industry, Focus On Climate-Smart Fiber & Underserved Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently granted $5 million to support the development of the hemp industry in Tennessee.

Tennessee State University (TSU), the Hemp Alliance of Tennessee (HAT), the University of Tennessee (UT) and the Tennessee Agriculture department are working together on research and expansion of the state’s hemp industry, reported the Rogersville Review. The project, “Climate-Smart Fiber Hemp: A Versatile Thread Connecting the Nation’s Underserved Farmers, Climate Change Mitigation and Novel Market Opportunities” and the nearly $5 million is from the USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities.

The goal of the project is to support the market expansion of the American producers behind climate-smart commodities, treating hemp as one. It also aims to examine its greenhouse gas benefits and help small, medium and underserved producers across the state.


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