The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has been responsive to the opportunity presented by the Florida Legislature to perform hemp research. Initial funding for this UF/IFAS Hemp Pilot Project was provided exclusively by the industry. Additional federal, state, and industry funding has been acquired and has allowed UF/IFAS faculty to continue with research and Extension activities. Gifts to the UF/IFAS Hemp Research & Extension Program help support continuous and uninterrupted research.
UF/IFAS Hemp has also partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to better understand management practices and nutrient applications that contribute to optimum hemp growth and development in addition to sustained water quality.
UF/IFAS supports the sustained viability of hemp production, processing, and marketing. This is accomplished through continuing work focused on addressing potential agricultural, ecological, and economic challenges. The research efforts at UF/IFAS can expand with further financial support aligned with the needs of the hemp industry.
Jerry Fankhauser leading a discussion at an open house and field tour at the Everglades Research and Education Center. Fankhauser is the Assistant Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station. | UF/IFAS photo
Committed to developing broad collaboration, partnership, and sponsorship for the UF/IFAS Hemp Research & Extension Program, faculty and staff continue to engage with a diverse representation of stakeholders. That includes representatives in farming, higher education, government, and non-profit entities. The collective goal is to assist in the development of a viable hemp industry in Florida, supported by the best available information and technology.