As tobacco declines, some hope that hemp can be a “gateway crop” to financial sustainability for the state’s small farms.

At the birth of any industry, uncertainty abounds.

So does opportunity, say Kentuckians like Joe Schroeder of Freedom Seed and Feed, who is among those growing industrial hemp and advocating for others in Appalachia to do the same.

“It’s really speculative,” says Schroeder. “But people are making a lot of money, and that money is real.”

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Catherine V. Moore ~ YesMagazine.org ~

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