SEVERE WX : Wind Advisory View Alerts

Farmer gives thumbs up to hemp legalization in farm bill

One farmer and employee at a grocery store believe the legalization of hemp production in the Farm Bill will help the agricultural industry.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2018 11:22 PM
Updated: Dec. 12, 2018 1:34 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - At People's Food Co-Op, hemp products are some of the hottest sellers.

Customers flock to the Wellness aisle to buy them, claiming the oils and creams immediately eliminate the redness and inflamation that comes with psoriasis or eczema.

Brad Smith of the People's Food Co-Op believes a Pro-Cannabis Farm Bill will boost its appeal.

"The clarity will lead to more sales ... but really, it's knowing that hey, I can get this product and it's legal," Smith said.

Smith formerly worked on Capitol Hill and has a lot of knowledge about the Farm Bill's legislation. He says there is no downside to growing it.

"The potential for production in this area is huge," Smith said. "The hemp does a lot of good things for the soil. It doesn't deplete the nutrients of the soil as much as other commodities do."

Although Eric Sannerud is a pig farmer, he is upbeat about the impact hemp production will have on the economy.

"Most importantly, when the farm economy has been having so much trouble as it is right now, it's important to offer farmers the opportunity to diversify," Sannerud said.

In fact, he is open to possibly growing hemp.

"I would definitely play around with it," Sannerud said.

He also thinks critics shouldn't worry -- the amount of THC in hemp is minute.

"It'd be like saying people will get high from smoking bananas," Sannerud said.

Sannerud believes in today's current heated political climate, farmers should be celebrating the bill.

"This is one of the greatest Farm Bills we could have had."

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 50°
Albert Lea
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 50°
Austin
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 50°
Charles City
Few Clouds
50° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 50°
Rochester
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 47°
Tracking sunshine for the start of the week.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

A look at the Kid's Cup event

Image

Short term rentals in Rochester

Image

Civic Center board of directors approved

Image

Rochester files lawsuit over opioids

Image

A family affair: Brother's face each other on the diamond

Image

Splash pad expansion

Image

Rural roads get a beating

Image

Chris' Monday Forecast 5/20

Image

Donations Helping Women's Health Pavilion

Image

Partial Roof Collapse at Mohawk Square

Community Events