Hemp Farming in America Isn’t Really Going All That Well

Hemp Farming in America Isn’t Really Going All That Well

Mounting bankruptcies among hemp farming establishments in the United States has some asking “Is hemp dead?” While some advocates retain sunny outlooks about the future of hemp farming, others are throwing up their hands in frustration, citing both marketplace troubles and government incompetence. It’s a particularly troubling question because hemp was supposed to the savior of American farmers. Even the Amish ditched tobacco to get in on the new cash crop. How could it fall so far so fast? How Farmers Got in This Mess Politicians, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Kentucky), hopped aboard the hemp train to leave a problem that the president caused. One of the first things President Trump did once in office was to start a trade war with China that left American farmers out in the cold. As tensions mounted, China bought common agricultural products, like soybeans, from producers in Brazil and elsewhere. All America had to show for itself was some tough talk and a lot of griping farmers whose produce was suddenly unsellable. Eager to bail out the base that helped deliver their election, Republicans like McConnel were in a tough bind. They didn’t have the stomach to stand up to Trump, but they didn’t want to lose their next elections either. They needed a way to keep farmers working while allowing the White House to pile on tariffs for Chinese-made products without blinking. Hemp was the perfect solution. Here was a new cash crop that was easily growable and seemed to…

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