From Fellsmere to Indiantown, Treasure Coast farmers are digging into the promising venture of hemp and hoping for a strong harvest. And the motivations can extend beyond just profit or seeking alternatives to citrus.
"Our passion is education," said Bill Brown, 44, who runs Carlsward Farms in Indian River County with his wife, Tiere Brown. "I had a lot of pain from kickboxing when I was young. Someone told us about CBD. I started using it and I wanted to learn more about it because it was helping."
"Florida is considered the No. 1 consumer of CBD products in the world," said Carlos Hayden, owner of Florida Hybrid Solutions, a hemp grower in Indian River County. He started the company in 2019 and has previous experience growing cannabis.
"We have a huge market here; and internationally, Florida-grown hemp is going to be in demand. Hemp is a revolutionary crop. It's going to bring back American farming."
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