GENEVA, N.Y.(WENY)-- Hemp is a growing industry in New York and around the nation, which means more studies need to be conducted on the plant to know exactly how to care for it and have it produce the best product . To do so, various types of hemp plants have to be studied and compared against each other and in different areas for the most results. 

"Again we want to have a library of crop varieties that contain a diversity of genes for disease resistance, persistence, stress tolerance, different growth forms," says Larry Smart, Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. 

Cornell Universities AgriTech facilities will now house the nations first hemp seed bank, to help provide information and feed back for other local growers. 

"Growers don't have the information to know which varieties they should buy and plant, so that's what we're hoping to evaluate and provide the information on the amount of CBD that each cultivator will produce, how well it grows, the plant form what susceptibility it has to pest and disease," says Smart.
For those who are considering growing hemp for purposes of producing a product, such as CBD, requires a license. The License costs $500 for an application which if approved would last three years. 

"They just want to know that you are registered to grow hemp and where you are growing it and for what purpose and that's for obvious reasons because it's very hard to distinguish these plants for marijuana by eye," says Smart. 

Today's seminars and presentations were all to help those who plan on growing hemp plant learn exactly where they can plant the plants and the best ways to do so. 

You can click here to learn more about Cornell's involvement and studies in the hemp industry.