PARKERSBURG, W.VA. – Governor Justice is looking for the state’s next niche crop. The West Virginia Hemp Industries Association (WVHIA) launches a Go Fund Me campaign to support industrial hemp as the state’s new niche crop. The WVHIA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association that represents farmers, businesses, researchers and investors working with industrial hemp in West Virginia. They are requesting support for education, advocacy, and outreach efforts to assist in developing the state’s capacity to profit from this new cash crop.
Industrial hemp became legal last year for cultivation, research, and marketing purposes in West Virginia. The program has gained considerable interest not only from the farmers of the state, but also from state leadership. Newly elected Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt has expressed interest in the potential for hemp and has supported legislation to expand access for farmers and researchers to enter the pilot program. You can lean more about efforts to develop the crop at wvhia.org and wvhemp.org. You can donate to their campaign to at Support Hemp – WV’s New Niche Crop.