When the 2018 Farm Bill was passed and growing hemp for grain, fiber and CBD was legalized, a number of farmers rushed to get in on the ground floor of a brand new market.
High profits were promised, especially in the CBD space, but as many farmers soon found out, there were a number of obstacles to hurdle, including interstate commerce challenges, a lack of distributors, and issues with state testing regulatory bodies.
For this No-Till Farmer podcast, we caught up with Tom Cotter, a no-tiller and strip-tiller in Austin, Minnesota, right after a Minnesota Soil Health School session he hosted at his farm. He explains how he has skirted many of the problems facing hemp farmers by following the farm-to-table production model to grow the product for his own Superior Cannabis Company stores in Austin and Duluth.
He also talks about the process for growing the crop, how his many years of experience with cover crops prepared him to grow hemp, how he incorporates grazing livestock into his operation, and much more.
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