Saturday, December 29, 2018

Carolina’s next cash crop?: Farm bill will add hemp into more growers’ rotation

Via Cousin John

Tony Finch, a Nash County farmer, shows off some of the CBD buds from hemp plants he has drying in an old tobacco  barn at his farm near Spring Hope.

With Congress’ passage of last week’s farm bill that decriminalized the hemp plant, North Carolina farmers will have the choice of adding a needed money crop to their rotations.

“I haven’t read the whole thing. It’s 800 pages and 6 inches thick, but I think it’s going to be a good thing for North Carolina,” said Mann Mullen, who has experimented with growing hemp and processing it.

Mullen is a farmer and the owner of tobacco warehouses in Wilson and Bunn.

President Trump signed the bill, also known as the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, on Dec. 20.

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