Most U.S. farmers are growing hemp for cannabidiol, but hemp-based hardwood and bioplastics businesses have sprouted up this fall, expanding the newly legal crop's potential.

Hemp has been promoted as a plant material that can be made into 50,000 different products, but uses other than extracting CBD -- a compound found in marijuana that doesn't get you high -- have been slow to grow.

Murray, Kentucky-based HempWood opened a 15,600-square-foot factory last month with the introduction of a wood-substitute plank made from hemp.

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