The THA Supports Hemp Research Projects
The THA is currently collaborating with Dr Beth Penrose from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) on an application for a grant from AgriFutures, investigating the 'Suitability of hemp as a forage crop’. Early feedback from key industry stakeholders has determined that there is perceived value in the planned research, which - if the grant application is successful - will investigate ways to further incentivise hemp growers by value-adding to the crop beyond selling the seed for food, and potentially increasing yields if hemp responds in the same way to foraging as a dual crop like canola. As part of our ongoing mission to develop the hemp industry in Tasmania and the rest of Australia, our Association is delighted to be involved with research efforts of this type. We are also proudly offering support to two Honours students at the University of Tasmania - Hannah Cummins (studying the effects of plant growth regulators on hemp) and Rohan Borojevic (looking at the nutritional composition and regrowth potential for hemp for grazing). The THA will make the results of these studies available to our Supporter, Associate and Corporate Members when they are published.