Hemp farmers and their supporters are bullish about the future as they prepare to harvest their first crop under a state program that started five months ago.
“Hemp can change everything if we utilize it right,” said Andrew Johnson, a licensed hemp processor and founder of Wisconsin Hemp Strategies.
Gov. Scott Walker and legislators in November approved a law allowing farmers to grow hemp in Wisconsin for the first time in nearly 50 years. Hemp is a close relative of marijuana but includes only trace elements of the chemical that makes people high.
Now, most people are utilizing their crops for hemp seed oil or cannabidiol oil, known as CBD oil. Some industry officials said other markets could include things such as plastics.
“There’s very little conversation being had about what to do with the fiber and more and more people are picking up on it and they’re kind of watching where things are going and seeing how they can step in,” Johnson said.
Terry Whipple, executive director of the Juneau County Economic Development Corp., said that growing hemp has the potential to fill a void for farmers who have seen losses as a result of recent tariffs. [Read more at Journal Sentinel]