I'm going to grow HempSubmitted by apov99 on Sat, 12/08/2012 - 21:03
I live in the Yakima valley in Washington state and I'm a farmer. My wife, 1/2 year old, and I live with my parents on their farm and I help out, its a small place less than 20 acres and its mostly an alpaca farm. They aren't serious farmers, they have only had the place for 5 years now and both have full-time jobs on the side. I NEED TO GET MY OWN PLACE!
I have been considering different staple crops to grow as a base money maker so that I can do fun U-pick stuff on the side and not feel pressured to make a lot of money off of the fun stuff. With the passage of I-502 industrial hemp production has been legalized in Washington state and I think I have found my staple crop. Everything I read about it makes me wonder more and more why such a versatile crop has been illegal.
I know there are businesses in the US that use the raw materials for different purposes like paper, textiles, and oil/food, so there will definitely be a market for me to sell to, since these companies have to import their hemp, the costs for hemp grown in the US should have a distinct advantage as far as price.
Any advice from the DP community would be greatly appreciated! Right now I'm still in a research phase and working on a business plan for financing. But all that said, I would be ecstatic if I could get seeds in the ground this spring/early summer, so I'm working hard!