Kansas farmers hope to capitalize on hemp

Rick Gash hopes to capitalize on a change in federal law that allows for the industrial production of hemp. The 2018 farm bill declassifies hemp as a controlled substance. Gash plans to use 69 acres of his Butler County property to grow hemp.
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Rick Gash hopes to capitalize on a change in federal law that allows for the industrial production of hemp. The 2018 farm bill declassifies hemp as a controlled substance. Gash plans to use 69 acres of his Butler County property to grow hemp.

Senior Journalist Dion Lefler has been providing award-winning coverage of local government, politics and business in Wichita for 20 years. Dion hails from Los Angeles, where he worked for the LA Daily News, the Pasadena Star-News and other papers. He’s a father of twins, director of lay servant ministries in the United Methodist Church and plays second base for the Old Cowtown vintage baseball team.