Missourians are enthusiastic about hemp production
The excitement over hemp production may have subsided a bit in recent months, hurt by news about a large processor declaring bankruptcy and reports of crops being destroyed because of high THC levels.
But that hasn’t dampened Bill Cook’s enthusiasm for hemp
production. Cook is the executive director of the Missouri Hemp Association.
“It’s probably the best revitalization of rural America that
I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Cook says. “As you look at this thing in the next
decade or two, I just can’t tell you how many places that hemp is going to be.
So don’t give up on it. Learn about it, get your toe in the water and figure it
out, because it is the future of agriculture here in the Midwest.”
Cook’s enthusiasm is shared by Brian Kurz, a hemp grower
from Harrisonville, Missouri.
“What I see long term, as the infrastructure catches up for
the grain and the fiber side, I see it competing with organic corn and organic
soybeans as a cash crop,” Kurz says. “The uses of it are just about limitless.”
Kurz says he is going to plant 30 acres of organic hemp this
year. He is also conducting research on hemp production in cooperation with the
University of Missouri.
Brownfield interviewed Cook and Kurz at the recent Western Farm Show in Kansas City.