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Kentucky farmers gamble on the South’s first organic hemp cooperative


Tony Silvernail grew hemp for the first time in June 2018. He was ready to give it up by the fall — his small farm of only 20 acres made it difficult for him to get the attention he needed to purchase quality seeds and the prices he could afford to process his CBD oil for this year.  

He began shopping around the idea of a co-op in his community, and found that many other farmers were feeling similar strains. He was surprised at how fast the co-op snowballed through word of mouth: the initial goal of 10 acres tripled by early February, and two weeks later, the co-op’s acreage doubled again to 60 acres. FULL STORY

A hemp harvest in 2014 at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture farm.
Credit: University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

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