Industrial hemp crops grown in Washington?

Hemp-Field_combo1There was in interesting hearing last week in the Senate ag committee dealing with industrial hemp and the possibility of making it a new crop in Washington. While it’s currently outlawed due to its close relation to marijuana, now that the people have legalized recreational marijuana the conversation about making hemp a profitable agricultural product is ongoing as well.

You may not know this, but there are dozens of products made from and uses for hemp. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, hempseed oil can be manufactured into soaps and body lotions, clothing and fabric can be woven from hemp fibers as well as ropes, twine, bags, paper, and a number of other products.

As you can see from the picture above, hemp is grown in lines like corn. It grows about 8-10 feet tall before it’s cut down and harvested, which can be done up to three times per year. It is a very versitile crop, and while the proposal may not get much headway this year, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on developments as they happen.