Preston County farmers are learning about the process of growing industrial hemp.
West Virginia University Extension service held a meeting in Kingwood on Tuesday to teach residents about the crop.
Agricultural Extension agent, Bill Shockey, spoke with potential growers about the application process and regulations for this new cash crop.
“You know I’ve done a little bit of research, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is the authority over of handling and growing, permitting for folks to grow industrial hemp, which I managed to get that information for the producers so they know how to apply for an application process to be able to grow it on their own,” said Shockey. “I believe it would grow okay here. Everybody thinks we have a very short growing season in Preston County, but actually, our folks do really well here and if you’re talking about a growing season for Industrial Hemp of ninety to one hundred and twenty days, we can handle that in Preston County.”
Shockey says industrial hemp is used primarily to make oils as opposed to cannabis which is grown and distributed for medicinal reasons.