Hemp purposes reopen; two males share what they’ve realized

CULLMAN, Ala. (WAFF) – If you wanted to get into the hemp market, you can register as a breeder now.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries opened the application process on Tuesday.

The online application opened on October 12th and runs until November 29th.(WAFF)

We learned that there is money to be made growing hemp in Alabama, but it won’t happen overnight. Converting this plant into a hemp product is expensive.

“It took about $ 25,000 to get us on our way. And that forced us to build our drying building. We built everything ourselves so our cost for it was much lower. Your Alabama state site fee is $ 1,000 and your license is between $ 150 and $ 200, ”said Chris Johnson.

Chris Johnson is the President of Alabama Hemp Company LLC. You started growing hemp in Cullman in 2019 and are just beginning to break even.

“We didn’t do anything in our first year. Due to the investments that we made in the drying building and the construction of the infrastructure, we did nothing. This year we hope to break even and by the third year we should be profitable, ”he said.

Johnson says growing hemp is not an easy process.

“We start the seeds in the greenhouse and when they’re about 30 days old we will transplant them to the field out here behind me and then it’s about 90 days to 120 days depending on when you plant and then you are.” ready for harvest, ”said Johnson.

But he believes it’s a worthwhile process

“Five years ago I looked at hemp the same way I did cannabis, just like marijuana, that it was a drug. Through education, research, knowledge, and personal experience, I understood the ability cannabis can help people, ”said Johnson.

His biggest advice to have a plan.

“You have to go through several different phases. And if you don’t understand a farmer or haven’t spoken to him yet, don’t jump in until you’re ready and prepared. “

Johnson grows and processes hemp, but his neighbor in Cullman County focuses on processing.

“This machine is processing about 2,000 pounds per hour drying. This is a machine we built specifically for farmers who don’t have the ability to hang up all of their stuff to dry, ”said Robertson.

Joey Robertson of Wagon Trail Hemp Farms says they get crops from across the state and other parts of the country, but too much has been available lately.

“Basically, for the entire United States, 40,000 or fewer aces of hemp must be grown and made into CBD so that everyone has enough oil to personally feed their supplies. But last year alone, between 100,000 and 110,000 acres were grown. The vast majority of farmers in Alabama are honestly struggling to sell their crops, ”he said.

Your main motivation in the Wagon Trial; help other farmers.

“Farmers buy retail and sell wholesale, so it was never fair to farmers. And the whole reason we built the facility was to be able to help this state, to help the farmers with a product and hopefully make some kind of profit in the end, ”he said.

Alabama hemp growers, processors, and processors must complete the ADAI application process. Applications are only accepted online.

Processing begins on October 12th at 8 a.m. The last day to apply is November 29th.

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