First major hemp crop in 60 years is planted in southeast ColoradoSubmitted by Bob-45 on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:05
By Steve Raabe
The Denver Post
Ryan Loflin, of Colorado Hemp, funnels his hemp seeds into a baggie in Crested Butte in April. (AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post file)
Springfield farmer Ryan Loflin on Monday planted the nation's first industrial hemp crop in almost 60 years.
Loflin's plans to grow hemp already have been chronicled, and Monday's planting attracted the attention of more media in southeastern Colorado and a documentary film crew.
Hemp is genetically related to marijuana but contains little or no THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. Hemp has dozens of uses in food, cosmetics, clothing and industrial materials.