Farmers struggle with hemp grain, hang hopes on fiber, CBD

 


VIROQUA, Wis. (AP) — Farmers are questioning whether growing hemp for grain will ever be profitable in Wisconsin, but they see the potential in the future of hemp fiber and CBD products.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has issued more than 1,300 licenses to grow industrial hemp in 2019— a 22% increase from last year, Wisconsin Public Radio reported .

But summer rains last year ruined about 20 Wisconsin farmers' chances of producing salable hemp grain.

"It just couldn't get dried out. It just rained a lot," said LaVon Felton, a Viroqua farmer who ow...



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