State briefs for July 14  |  The Oklahoman
Published: Sat, July 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Redlands Community College is ready to launch its Industrial Hemp Pilot Project. Over the next year, the college will work with farmers across the state to grow the versatile crop using indoor and outdoor sites and both irrigated and non-irrigated land.

Redlands is partnering with Oklahoma City-based Botanac to implement a project protocol that will result in research and a better understanding of how to successfully cultivate industrial hemp crops. Botanac is providing seeds to select farmers in different regions of the state to produce hemp fiber, grain and cannabidiol (CBD).

Faculty will work with students to study the science and agriculture associated with a crop that hasn’t been farmed in Oklahoma in several generations. Fiber, seeds and oil from an industrial hemp plant can be used for a variety of purposes, including textiles, paper, construction, food, biofuel and biodegradable plastics.