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Industrial hemp manufacturer GA Xtracts, a new hemp processing facility in Watkinsville, plans to employ 250 people by the fourth quarter of 2020 and 500 people by 2021, said CEO Don Barden.

The facility, located at the intersection of Greensboro Highway and Morrison Street, will produce cannabidiol, or CBD, extractions from hemp.

The Watkinsville facility is the first full-scale processing and manufacturing center for hemp in Georgia. When Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Hemp Farming Act in May, the plant became another agricultural commodity, giving farmers and researchers the ability to harvest the plant and process it for consumer products. The Georgia Department of Agriculture is developing licensing parameters for farmers to begin growing industrial hemp.

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