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Local Farmer Pushes for More Industrial Hemp Farming

June 25, 2018 05:37 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A local farmer is trading in his corn maze for one made out of hemp this summer.

Ted Galaty owns Willow's Keep Farm located on Highway 52. He is trying to educate people about industrial hemp. For the last three years, Ted has opened up his corn maze to the community every fall. But this year, Ted said he will switch it up and make a maze out of industrial hemp.

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Eleven states still have a ban on industrial hemp farming. Minnesota is currently in an industrial hemp pilot program. Ted said that there are not a lot of local people who process the plant. So, most of the current hemp products are imported from other countries, "Industrial hemp is something we should have across the United States. There is no reason we should be importing hemp products. That's stupid, it's ridiculous we need to change that." 

Industrial hemp can be used for paper, textiles, health food, biofuel, rope, building products and now mazes. And by the time the maze opens this fall, he hopes the plants will have reached 8 or 9 feet tall.

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