Got Hemp? Plant Could Become New Source of Stall Bedding

by | 10.20.2014 | 8:07pm
UK harvests Kentucky's first hemp crop in decades

Researchers at the University of Kentucky recently harvested the state's first crop of hemp in decades (which was planted only after much debate about the plant's legality), and the material may soon show up in horse stalls.

In addition to its use in biofuels and textiles, scientists plan to test the material's use as bedding for horses. Some 13 varieties of hemp were planted at UK's Spindletop Farm, and were reportedly thriving in Kentucky's climate this summer. Some stalks, which were started as seeds in spring, were as tall as 10 feet at the time of harvest.

The harvest was the first cutting of hemp in decades, after a legal fight against federal law which treated it like its more potent cousin, marijuana. The Farm Bill passed earlier this year by Congress opened the way for universities to begin studying uses for industrial hemp.

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