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Hemp production, processing come to Osceola

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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In the year since Wisconsin legislators legalized industrial hemp grown through state-monitored pilot programs, at least one Osceola farm grew and harvested an experimental acre. 

Another Osceola business has started turning the raw plant material into cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil. 

Hemp, a non-psychoactive strain of cannabis, can also be turned into textiles, paper, biodegradable plastics, even food.

With market researchers forecasting rapid growth in the hemp industry over the next few years, these tentative steps into local growth and processing may become an introduction to a profitable crop for area farmers.

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