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Presenter to discuss history, benefits of hemp for ‘Thursdays at the U’

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Did you know Wisconsin was one of the leading producers of hemp during World War II? And why was hemp needed for the war effort?

On Thursday, March 21, Dr. Jeff Amundson will discuss the history and benefits of agricultural hemp for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays at the U" lecture and performance series. The presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Join us for an hour to explore the history of hemp in Wisconsin, its many uses and its potential positive socioeconomic benefits for our state.

Amundson, a lecturer in psychology at UW-Stevens Point, grew up on his family's dairy farm in Menomonie and worked for a hemp company in Vermont after graduating from UW-Stout. He holds a doctorate in biopsychology and presents on a variety of topics focused on understanding the human condition.

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-788-6216.