Q: What got you into Hemp?
A: We are a highly diversified row crop operation. I am proud to share that this year we have 13 identity preserved crops on our organic side and 6 or 7 on the conventional side. We have had our organic ground since 1991, and even on our conventional side we see ourselves as setting the benchmark for what a 21-century regenerative or sustainable farm looks like. I have seen first-hand in my career, and certainly my dad has seen as well, that there are so many benefits to extending the rotation and moving away from a 1 or 2 crop rotation. That’s where I started, looking at how hemp could be another crop in my rotation.
Obviously when hemp was available for growing from the 2018 farm bill came out – being a specialty operation and having organic an operation, and looking at where the market potential would be for the crop – I felt obligated to throw my hat in the ring. I want to play a part in jump starting a new industry for my generation. We decided to jump in not knowing where it would go – whether for CBD, fiber, or fuel.
By slowly working our way through the industry I have been indoctrinated into seeing hemp as a fantastic opportunity for growers to introduce into their farm – and once we solve some of the hurdles in marketing and the market development – there are so many reasons why it should be adopted on American farms.