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PVAMU scientists exploring hemp as sustainable alternative to grain in animal feed


September 27, 2023  by  Bree Rody

Recent geopolitical and climate events have led to strain on the world’s grain supplies. With that in mind, some researchers are looking at viable alternatives to grain in livestock feed (livestock feed represents more than one third of the use of the world’s grain supply).

One of those such researchers is Negusse Kidane, assistant professor and research scientist at Prairie View A&M University’s college of agriculture, food and natural resources.

Kidane is embarking on a study to evaluate the nutritional profile of industrial hemp farm-byproducts as an alternative feed resource for goats. He was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in order to pursue the study, which will determine if hemp biomass can serve as a viable alternative feed. The university says the project could have “positive implications for the environment and certain economic sectors.”

Kidane’s research group includes experts in animal nutrition, plant medical science, toxicology and analytical chemistry.

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