Free seed initiative set

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Oregon crop science company Phylos said it will supply one million free hemp cultivation seeds to black, Native American and other minority farmers through targeted outreach efforts and the Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center’s Hemp Equity Program. Ralph Risch, Phylos CEO, said the initiative “is just a small step to counter the disproportionate impacts of the war on drugs on underrepresented communities and the special debt the cannabis industry owes to people of color.” Phylos provided the National Black Farmers Association with hemp seeds in 2020. Phylos, OSU’s Global Hemp Innovation Center and other schools including Alabama A&M University, a historically black school, are cooperating on the seed project.

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