Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday proposed an effort to boost the state’s hemp industry through research and, yes, a hemp summit.

Cuomo also wants to expand the state’s hemp agriculture pilot program and increase the number of permitted sites that can grow hemp.

“New York is a beacon for innovation, smart growth and emerging industries – and with this proposal, we will continue to diversify and grow our agriculture industry, while supporting research and development and creating jobs throughout the state,” Cuomo said.

“We will position New York at the forefront of a growing agricultural sector that is ripe with economic opportunity, and capitalize on our agricultural assets to provide farmers with top-notch resources enabling them to grow the hemp industry for decades to come.”

Industrial hemp contains less than .3 percent of THC and has generated $573 million nationally.