Australia’s Murray River Council Gets Behind Hemp Research

 The trial and feasibility study will occur in the Wakool region.

The Murray River Council is a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales; formed in 2016 after the merger of Murray Shire with Wakool Shire.

Council was approached by Western Murray Land Improvement Group (WMLIG) to kick in $20,000 to support WMLIG and Hemp Cluster Group – the latter a working group of 8 members – to undertake a hemp trial and complete an industrial hemp processing feasibility study.

WMLIG’s stated goals are to contribute to a viable, capable and adaptable community by promoting sustainable farm and land management practices delivering enhanced agricultural productivity, sustainability and ecosystem services.

The project involves ascertaining the potential for growing hemp in the Murray River region across a range of seasonal conditions and for processing it into usable fibre for use in creating building products. It will also look into potential synergies between hemp production and biochar use on farms.

The trial and feasibility study will occur in the Wakool region.

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