Can hemp replace citrus and other Florida crops?

Playing a bit of catch-up, Florida could be in prime position to cash in on industrial hemp with its unique growing season and markets. The benefits are many for Florida growers potentially gaining access to an alternative crop that’s so high in demand. More from Growing Produce.

Industrial Hemp on8 the Radar for Florida Farmers and Researchers

Posted by Paul Rusnak|March 26, 2018

Hemp has many practical uses, including fiber, building materials, and forage — to name a few. Photo courtesy of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

The University of Florida Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund has given the OK for UF/IFAS researchers to develop hemp management and cropping systems. The move is an important step to test the viability of what could become a valuable alternative crop for the state’s łagriculture producers.

Industrial hemp, a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, has been cultivated for 10,000 years as a fiber and grain crop.

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Zora Neale Hurston listens to guitarist with another man in a house porch in Eatonville, Fla., in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s.  Courtesy: American Memory

Considered the last great talent of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston graduated from Barnard College with a degree in anthropology, touring the South and appearing in impromptu gatherings of black Americans, accumulating knowledge about the beauty of distinctive African American language.

During the course of her career, Zora Neale Hurston wrote five books, dozens of short

stories, plays, and poems. Her most significant and lasting work was Their Eyes Were Watching God.

She died in Fort Pierce, Fla. working as a housekeeper, with little resources at the age of 69. Zora Neale Hurston, without having been married or children surviving.