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Even back in 2019, researchers and industry experts noted fiber and grain hemp had a lot of potential. The infrastructure isn't quite there yet, but farmers and processors in Ohio and Pennsylvania are starting to explore it.

USDA released its first National Hemp Report Feb. 17. It’s a big step forward for the crop. But some industry groups say it shows the industry is struggling under current regulations.

Central State University researchers are aiming to create more opportunities in hemp and aquaculture, with a recently grant-funded project that seeks to get hemp grain approved as a feed ingredient for fish feed, expand markets for hemp and trout and increase diversity in agriculture.

As the industry develops, the founders of The Ohio Hemp Co. are doing their best to lead research on hemp and help other farmers learn more about the crop.

After decades on the controlled substances list, hemp is back as a crop in Ohio. Hemp, like many new crops, comes with new challenges — including limited research. Researchers at Central State University are trying to address that, starting with a grant-funded research project on manure as a hemp fertilizer, and how it affects soil health and water quality.

Ohio farmers got their first shot at growing hemp in 2020, after the crop spent decades as a controlled substance. But the new crop didn’t come without strings attached, or without challenges.

Julie Doran, of Westerville, Ohio, wrapped up her first hemp harvest. She had a successful growing season, but rules around THC testing still present challenges for Doran and other hemp farmers.

The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health announced a partnership to make medical marijuana testing labs available to the agriculture industry.

This June, Ohio farmers are in their first hemp planting season. Julie Doran, of Westerville, Ohio, is one of the Ohio farmers giving hemp a shot.

Despite the enthusiasm for the legalization of hemp, Ohio Department of Agriculture received 198 applications for hemp cultivation for the 2020 growing season.