Hemp

Industrial hemp is a multipurpose crop that can be very profitable for producers. Over the past two years, the enthusiasm of New York state farmers for growing hemp has increased dramatically, with over 140 licensed growers. The market potential for industrial hemp in New York is expected to increase to $2 billion in 2020.

With such tremendous potential for a successful industrial hemp industry in New York state, Cornell AgriTech researchers are contributing science-based knowledge about growing, harvesting and processing hemp in order to drive economic development.

Specifically, researchers at Cornell AgriTech support the New York hemp industry by:

  • Researching the most viable commercially available hemp varieties to grow
  • Fostering the development of new cultivars that will achieve the greatest success
  • Working to overcome barriers related to seed issues, diseases¬†and insect pests

 

Our hemp cultivation experts

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Denis Willett

Assistant Professor

Geneva Entomology

Cornell AgriTech

Denis Willett
Lawrence Smart
Lawrence Smart

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Associate Director

Cornell AgriTech

Lawrence Smart
Breeding and genomics
Industrial hemp
Willow bioenergy crops
Chris Smart
Christine Smart

Director

School of Integrative Plant Science

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Christine Smart
Biology and management of vegetable diseases
Host-pathogen interactions
Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Cornell AgriTech

Alan Taylor
Seed science and technology
Seed quality
Coatings, treatments and biostimulants

Our hemp food products processing experts

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Olga Padilla-Zakour

Professor

Food Science

Cornell AgriTech

Olga Padilla-Zakour
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Bruno Xavier

Senior Extension Associate

Cornell AgriTech

Food Science

Bruno Xavier