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Farmers harvest first crops of industrial hemp

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Farmers are harvesting the first crops of industrial hemp grown in Oklahoma since World War II. Botanac, an Oklahoma industrial hemp grower and producer, partnered with local farmers as part of the state’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program enacted earlier this year.

The industrial hemp was planted on a northwest Oklahoma farm in July. Farmers harvested more than 50 acres of the crop grown for its grain and fiber in October. Some of the seeds collected during harvest will be used to replant.

“The hemp fibers will be sold to a company in California to make clothing,” said Tina Walker, president of Botanac. “And we’re excited to announce our seeds are officially for sale here in Oklahoma.”

Botanac’s farmers also harvested an outdoor industrial hemp crop to be used for cannabinoid oil, commonly known as CBD.

Botanac will process the plants at its new facility in Oklahoma City and offer the oil wholesale.

“Industrial hemp is so versatile and can be used in many applications,” said Walker. “The roots and oil will be used to make medical products.”

Botanac partners with multiple farms across the state, and all crops grown are part of a research study with Redlands Community College.

To purchase certified seeds or CBD oil visit www.botanac.com.

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