Ohio Department of Agriculture to plant its first hemp for research

Ohio Department of Agriculture to plant its first hemp for research
Various types of hemp are being grown at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences facility in Homestead, on June 13, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Scott McIntyre

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will plant its first hemp plants for research today at its facility in Reynoldsburg.

The ODA was directed to begin hemp research after Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill 57 into law, decriminalizing hemp and licensing its cultivation.

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These first plants will be placed in the ground by ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda along with Hemp Program Executive Director David Miran and Division of Plant Health Chief Dan Kenny.