One year into legalization despite challenges

US (SD): Hemp industry takes shape

“There are so many things that we can do with this product. It’s unbelievable. Whether it’s in the CBD oil extraction or the fiber end of things, it’s unbelievable what you can do with hemp,” Oren Lesmeister said, noting there are more than 17,000 products that are made with hemp.

After the first year of hemp being legalized for South Dakota producers to grow and sell as a commodity crop, agriculture experts provided some useful tips on Wednesday, Aug. 18, to help grow the industry. 

Derrick Dohmann, a hemp producer and sales manager of Horizon Hemp Seeds in Willow Lake, South Dakota, delved into the process of growing the crops, suggesting the best practice is to “plant it, and wave goodbye” until harvest. Dohmann was one of four agriculture experts who participated in a panel discussion, sponsored by Agweek and moderated by Agweek editor Jenny Schlecht, on the state's launching of the hemp industry during the second day of Dakotafest in Mitchell.

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