In Morning View, Kentucky, a local farm is taking a significant hit to their bottom line. This year’s crop came back with a THC content that was too high after testing, and their only option now is to destroy it.
Twenty acres of hemp was grown this year by Foggy Valley farms. After the long hard growing season and the labor-intensive harvest, their efforts were finally about to be rewarded as the farmer shipped their crop to a processing plant. However, before their biomass made it to the facility where it would be turned into CBD oil, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture informed them that they now needed to burn 600 pounds of it.
The THC levels for the crop came back at .41%, too far above the 0.3% legal threshold to be sold.
Marischen, the farmer, was devastated. There are some factors that are out of their control, and despite carefully looking after their plants for months, the plants didn’t cooperate.
“It rained for two months,” he told the press. “May, June, and then we get out in July, and then it becomes much harder to regulate what the plants are going to do.”
He emphasized that this had to happen despite the impossibility of the crop to get someone high.
“You’d have to smoke hundreds, hundreds of joints,” he said.
The total loss for the farm comes to a substantial $40,000 total. It’s a significant blow for a farm that is just getting off the ground.
Foggy Valley isn’t the only farm faced with this dilemma. This year in Kentucky alone, 26,000 acres of hemp was farmed. Hard blows from high tests are being felt all over, but unfortunately, even though the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is sympathetic to the plight of farmers, they don’t have the authority to change federal law.