Interest in hemp grows in Wyoming

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

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State lawmakers voted earlier this year to legalize industrial hemp in Wyoming. But many details must be sorted out before hemp becomes the newest cash crop in the state’s $2 billion agricultural sector.

It appears there’s plenty of interest in hemp, as seen in the response to the the third-ever Wyoming Agriculture Diversification Summit, taking place Thursday in Casper. The event has already sold-out once (they expanded the ticket sales after a waiting list had been instituted) and has already had to switch venues, moving to the tailor-made convention space downtown: all with very little advertising.

“It’s been very word-of-mouth,” said Christine Bekes, one of the event’s organizers and the executive director of the Powell Economic Partnership.

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