Controlled substance or cash crop?
7:23 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

A hemp growing “revolution” coming to agriculture?

Front cover of Doug Fine's recently released book predicting an agricultural revolution from hemp growing.
Credit http://dougfine.com/books/hemp-bound/
Hear Luke's interview with author Doug Fine

The farm bill passed earlier this year is big news for advocates of hemp. New rules differentiate industrial hemp from its cousin, marijuana, and pave the way for research on the plant.  Hemp is still considered a controlled substance by federal regulators. But some states are giving farmers the chance to experiment.

Author Doug Fine believes the U.S. is on the brink of a hemp boom. And he writes about it in his new book, Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution that explores the economic potential of industrial hemp in the U.S.  He spoke with Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon for this story.    

The book's back cover includes a rave review by Willie Nelson.
Table of contents from "Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution".

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