Green Roads Delivers First Certified Hemp Plants Into Florida
From the beginning, an essential part of Green Roads’ mission has been to help the hemp industry grow by supporting hemp education initiatives as well as research on effective and innovative cultivation practices.
That is why we are incredibly proud to announce that we have successfully coordinated the delivery of the first certified hemp plants into the state of Florida in 70 years.
An Important Step for Hemp in Florida
These initial 50 plants mark a historic moment for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) hemp pilot research program. The program was launched last spring in collaboration with Green Roads who donated $1.3 million to the program.
“Through our collaboration with Green Roads and the state of Florida, we look forward to generating the science to make hemp a dynamic industry in Florida,” says Dr. Roger Kjelgren in a press release on BusinessWire.com.
Kjelgren is the director of UF/IFAS Research and Education Center (MREC). “Now that Green Roads has provided IFAS with the initial pilot plants, the real work starts as we propagate plants in preparation for late spring field plantings.
We must research how much light, water, and nutrients are needed to efficiently produce hemp for wise resource use and optimum yield.”
The pilot program was created to determine what hemp varieties are more suitable for planting in Florida’s different environments.
The program also seeks to develop and establish the best hemp management practices and cropping systems economically viable in the state. The industrial hemp pilot program counts with three state-of-the-art research facilities in Homestead, Hague, and Quincy.
This first delivery promises to open new doors for the hemp and CBD industry in the Sunshine State. The CBD market alone is expected to reach a net value of $20+ billion within the next 3 years.
ll Green Roads CBD products have been tested by independent laboratories to ensure each batch meets the highest quality standards and complies with all industry regulations.