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USDA Botanist Was Breeding The World’s Finest Hemp

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USDA Botanist Was Breeding The World’s Finest Hemp



In the dwindling days just before America’s cannabis prohibition, Uncle Sam not only grew hemp but also sought to breed the world’s best hybrids.


At the dawn of the 20th century, the United States started an extensive hemp breeding program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The government project was overseen by a botanist working for the USDA, Lyster Dewey.


The project became Dewey’s passion. Although Dewey had many plants in his research garden, one variety always stuck out to him: hemp....






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