Hemp Farmers In Ohio Valley Struggle To Stay Afloat In An Industry They Feel Was ‘Overhyped’

Feb 11, 2020

On this West Virginia Morning, hemp farmers in the region are coming up short – really short – on the return on their investment into the fledgling industry.

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The booming demand for CBD products has pushed Ohio Valley farmers to grow more hemp than ever before since the crop was reintroduced. CBD is a compound made from hemp that many claims has medicinal benefits. But the price of hemp has crashed for farmers. And GenCanna, one of the most prominent hemp companies in the Ohio Valley, filed for bankruptcy last week. Liam Niemeyer reports many hemp farmers are feeling burned in an industry they believe was overhyped.

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