Ryan Loflin bet the farm in 2013 and did what no U.S. producer had done for 70 years.

The Springfield, Colo., grower ordered hemp seed by mail from Europe and stockpiled his supply bit by precious bit.

When the cache climbed to 1,500 lbs., Loflin, 43, stepped into agriculture’s terra incognita and dotted 60 acres of flat ground in extreme southeastern Colorado with hemp seed.

And then he waited for Uncle Sam to come knocking.

No cease and desist letter. No phone call from the feds. No DEA raid.

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Chris Bennett ~ AgWeb.com ~

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