WICHITA, Kan. ( KSNW) – If you haven’t heard of industrial hemp, you soon will. The farm bill signed yesterday legalizes the distant cousin to marijuana and that could mean big money for some farmers.
PJ Sneed walks along the empty fields of his farm in Southwest Reno County that he hopes will soon grow hemp.
Sneed says being able to legally grow the plant is huge.
“Money and investors will be able to help the industry move along quicker now since it will become deregulated,” said Sneed.
Sneed’s company called ‘ Always Sunny Hemp and Bee Farm’ is part of the Kansas Department of Agriculture pilot program that oversees the cultivation of industrial hemp.
A company Sneed envisioned about four years ago after seeing the potential for hemp.
” Everything is just falling in time with our goal of hoping the hemp bill would be passed and yes that was a gamble but it’s paid off,” said Sneed
Sneed looks to plant about 10 acres of hemp on his farm initially.
“We’ll produce CBD oil to fund a longer vision with our company in getting the textile plastics and that will bring the hempcrete revolution along,” said Sneed.
Hempcrete is his ultimate goal. It’s a building material made from hemp. Think of a brick made from the plant.
Sneed says being able to grow industrial hemp on U.S. soil will be a game changer in the Ag industry.
“As it all comes on board I think it’s going to be a positive impact on rural farms in Kansas,” said Sneed.