USDA Backs Nation’s First Industrial Hemp Seed Bank

With the imprimatur of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, America’s first industrial hemp seed bank is set to open at Cornell University, the Ivy League institution in New York state’s agricultural Finger Lakes region.

Initiation of the project was announced on Aug. 2 by New York’s Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader who had fought for federal hemp legalization last year. 

Schumer helped secure $500,000 in federal funding for the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) to launch the facility, which is more at

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