SPRING HOPE — A Nash County kenaf grower said more farmers need to start growing hemp to bring more money to North Carolina farms.
Tony Finch grew 200 acres of the fiber-rich crop in 2017 an will be planting about the same amount this year.
“We need a lot more folks growing it to build the industry,” Finch said recently.”We need more farmers involved so we can get more money into these farms. One guy can’t grow it all.”
Finch was the primary supplier for Industrial Hemp Manufacuring, LLC, of Spring Hope.
David Schmitt, chief operating officer of the hemp processing facility, that passage of a new hemp legalization bill introduced April 20 in Congress would result in exponential growth of the hemp industry.
“The industry would grow tremendously almost immediately,” Schmitt said. “We need the hemp laws to be administered by the individual states’ departments of agriculture, so the industry could double, triple, quadruple overnight if that happened.”
Senate leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has introduced HR 3530, which