Hemp Seed Bank Under Construction at Cornell University | Ganjapreneur

Monday, Aug 5, 2019

An industrial hemp seed bank is under construction at Cornell University in Geneva, New York.

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Construction has begun at the nation’s only industrial hemp seed bank, funded in part with a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository at Cornell University in Geneva, New York will be the first hemp seed bank in the U.S. since hemp was added to the Controlled Substances Act.

The funding for the seed bank was secured by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) who said the repository would help breeders and geneticists develop new cultivars and identify hemp genes for improved pest and disease resistance. Schumer was one of the sponsors of the 2018 Farm Bill which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.