Hemp growers cooperatives’ report touts crop’s benefits to coal

BY JANET PATTON

FASH ENV-TEXTILES-FUNFACTS LA

Hemp fiber can be made into a number of products. WILKINS, GERALDINE — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Hemp plus coal could equal economic prosperity for Appalachia, according to a new white paper released Wednesday by the Kentucky and West Virginia hemp growers cooperatives.

“It’s about stimulating the hemp economy,” said David Hadland, president of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association and a member of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission. “The public needs to know that hemp is viable, and that hemp is not marijuana. This is just another example of its use.”

The cooperatives advocate blending dry hemp “hurds” with Appalachian high-sulphur coal to reduce emissions at power plants.

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