Quoting from the website,“There were strict controls on hemp for many decades amid anti-drug sentiments, making it illegal to grow without a permit from the government. In 2014, the U.S. farm bill authorized state agriculture departments to create industrial hemp research pilot programs, reopening production opportunities. Only 33 acres were planted in Kentucky that year. By 2015, seedings rose to 922 acres, and jumped to 2,350 acres in 2016, according to the state’s agriculture department.
As the tobacco market continues to decline and prices for grains and commodities remain depressed, farmers are looking for alternatives. The industrial hemp business will only grow stronger as the years go by and this seems promising to a lot of Kentucky farmers.
Total retail sales of hemp products in the U.S. reached $573 million in 2015, according to the Hemp Industries Association. Sales by conventional retailers are growing. Products can even be found in stores like Costco and Target, in addition to specialty retailers.
Hemp is found to have nutritional value, as its leaves can produce liquid and be drunk for its nutrients. Hemp seeds are a superfood believe it or not. It has 20 amino acids, 9 important amino acids required for optimal metabolism. It’s a rare source of protein for vegetarians. Hemp seed are one of the top abundant source of oil in the world of plants.
These seeds are abundant in essential minerals and vitamins. Its said they contain a 3:1 balance of omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids.
They are a perfect source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is a fatty acid that is useful in a variety of treatments for illnesses. In the future, it will be hemp that will be increasingly manufactured to benefit the US economy.