Tobacco growers may find new avenue in hemp farming

More and more farmers are putting up their tractors, selling land, or doing whatever it takes to make ends meet. This is especially true of tobacco farmers as the tobacco industry limits the number of acres produced and the profits earned. However, hemp farming, legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill, could change that decline.

Tony Finch, a former tobacco farmer turned hemp farmer, is proof that money can be made in the industry with hard work.

“I hate to see small farmers, just like me, going out of business when they could have tried growing hemp,” Finch said. He grew his second crop this past year and had a successful harvest.

There are misconceptions and misunderstandings of hemp itself, hemp farming, and the farmers who grow it.

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