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Officials gather grain from first industrial hemp test plots in WNC

What might be a big step for small farming just happened in the mountains -- a harvest of industrial hemp in Western North Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

What might be a big step for small farming just happened in the mountains -- a harvest of industrial hemp.

N.C. State extension researchers worked at their facility in Waynesville on Friday, using a combine to gather grain from the first test plots.

Industrial hemp can be used in many applications, from fiber to medicine and to food.

"I think all of us enjoy having agriculture in our region. Being able to produce local food is important, and, if we we could add a new high-value crop like industrial hemp to the mix, it's all the better," N.C. State's Dr. Jeanine Davis said.

Researchers said yields on the first test plots are exceeding expectations in terms of grain and fiber.

This is part of the state's pilot program, testing the viability of industrial hemp in North Carolina.

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