Minnesota hemp farmers hit brakes as the state's industry opens up
October 17, 2022
DRESBACH, MINN. - Pam Hartwell calls it her "little bonfire."
Earlier this year, half her inaugural hemp crop growing near a goat pasture "went hot" - that is, tested over the state's legal limit of THC. The Winona County farmer had to raze 20 plants.
"As soon as I watched it starting to grow - blooming really early - I knew I had questionable genetics," said Hartwell, who farms a small plot of land in the wood-choked Mississippi River coulee she grew up on.