A new energy company in West Virginia wants to create better infrastructure for farmers who produce sustainable agricultural materials like hemp.
Agri Carb Electric Corporation announced its plans last week at the Strategic Cannabis Conference at West Virginia University. The corporation said commercial hemp production could become an asset to the state’s economy.
A decision made by the state legislature last session has further restricted commercial hemp production in the state, but Agri Carb’s leaders said they want to work with state officials to open doors for hemp farmers.
“We’re trying to get the regulatory conditions set so that a full-fledged commercial market can thrive at the state, while at the same time providing that infrastructure that can snap up those crops as soon as they’re grown, do something with them and provide more jobs for the region,” said Erik Janus, director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for Agri Carb.
Hemp production was dormant in West Virginia for decades until the 2014 Farm Bill authorized it for research purposes.