The seed bank will enable researchers to identify pest-resistant and disease-resistant genes, giving them the tools to breed new varieties.

The 2018 Farm Bill changed federal policy regarding industrial hemp, including the removal of hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and the consideration of hemp as an agricultural product.

The change created an agricultural opportunity potentially worth billions of dollars, and thanks to a big push from Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Cornell will play a major research role as that industry grows.

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Erin Flynn ~ News.Cornell.edu