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Hemp plot being planted on U of L's campus

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville is planting hemp.

A 40 x 40 plot is being planted Tuesday near The Phoenix House on the Belknap Campus.

It's part of the research being done by the J.B. Speed School and Conn Center.

Researchers hope to use hemp to find a supplement in fuels and manufacturing vehicles. "We're using this toward renewable energy applications. So things for vehicle systems, fibers for vehicle systems that would lighten automobiles and lower the cost of production of carbon fiber structures," said Andrew Marsh, of the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research.

Switchgrass and kenaf are also being planted.

U of L is the only Kentucky university focusing on hemp as a fuel resource.

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