Farmers from throughout the state gained insight into Hawaii’s newest crop as the annual Hawaii Farmers Union United Convention kicked off Friday at OK Farms in Hilo.

More than 60 people gathered beneath the main tent to hear speakers from Colorado and Vermont discuss the ins and outs of growing and processing industrial hemp.

The hemp industry itself is a relatively new one that slowly has been taking root across the United States and Canada as federal regulations loosen and states create their own growing programs.

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Ivy Ashe ~ Hawaii Tribune-Herald ~