In Wisconsin, the state’s Senate passed a bill designed to enable farmers to start growing industrial hemp on a commercial scale. The legislation is supposed to grant the right to control the state’s hemp program to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
According to the Associated Press, the program was initiated in 2018 where the state of Wisconsin issued hemp growers with 250 licenses for a pilot program. However, this year, the applications were ten times higher.
Michael Brady, who is 48 years of age, has lived in Galesville with his family since he was born. They have a farm on which they have been growing a variety of crops, but this year, the family decided to farm hemp to help a friend who works for a company that sells CBD products, Driftless Therapeutic.
It is the first time his farm is growing hemp, and he has two sites with more than 6,000 plants. Brady says that growing hemp is much work. His wife, Pam, chips in and says that they are learning as they go along. She adds that her biggest challenge is the smell of the crop.
Brady says that the plant requires much work to the point that he is tired all the time.
Growing the hemp crop has numerous challenges, the most significant ones being bad weather and scams. For instance, you may find that you have bought bad seed. You may also discover later on that you entered into a production contract with people who do not have a processing facility.
Brady says that it would be good if there were legislation limiting the number of hemp farms in a single location because hemp for CBD may be destroyed if cross-pollination occurs between a seed hemp plant and a CBD hemp plant. The legislation would ensure that farms growing CBD hemp are not near those growing hemp for seed.
He added that this year’s harvest would mainly be used for CBD products because people seeking alternative ways to treat specific ailments such as pain are turning to CBD. However, the CBD product has to meet food-grade organic cultivation requirements.
Brady said his family is not sure if they will plant hemp the following season because the yields are not worth the investment that they have so far put into their plants. However, they are still waiting to sell their entire crop before making a decision on the way forward.
Experts believe that industry players like Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) and The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) may be thinking that the state Assembly could modify the bill passed by the Senate by incorporating the concerns of farmers like Michael Brady so that sustainability is assured.
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