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Hemp 101: Experts highlight plant’s many uses at Farm Progress Show

Hemp means different things to different people.
The National Hemp Association is using the Farm Progress Show to clear the air about this versatile crop.
Geoff Whaling, chairman of the association, said many people get confused when differentiating between marijuana and hemp.
“Hemp is cannabis but it is not marijuana,” Whaling said. “Marijuana has THC, whereas hemp does not.”
Interest in hemp increased after the 2018 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump removed it from the the list of controlled substances, thus legalizing its production. The 2014 Farm Bill already had allowed for limited hemp production for research and the 2018 Farm Bill authorized the secretary of agriculture to use that research to determine the viability of a domestic hemp market.
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