Farmer switches from raising chickens to growing hemp

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Chickens to hemp

Hemp is making waves with the farming communities as the many positive qualities are being realized. Industrial hemp has the potential to revitalize the many farming communities by adding to their arsenal another way to generate income and save the family farm. Growing hemp is an excellent way to diversify and utilize existing resources more effectively.

By John Hood

Why not do both?


Mike Weaver used to be a poultry farmer for several years, working with Pilgrim’s Pride in Moorefield, West Virginia.

Last year, he joined other poultry growers to voice discontent with the company, saying they hadn’t gotten any well-deserved raises for nearly two decades.

“When you go to the store, and you pay two or three dollars for a pound of chicken, I get five cents of that…and I raised that chicken,” Weaver told us at the time.

Now, he’s headed down another avenue.

“I’m not going to raise chickens anymore,” Weaver said. “Now, I’m developing an operation on my farm to start growing and processing industrial hemp and CBD oil products.”

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