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A JPMorgan exec and a cybersecurity expert bet on a billion-dollar future for hemp - Industrial hemp new star crop in Montana agriculture

July 15, 2017View for printing

Hemp, the plant, is traditionally known for its use in textiles and ropes. That's because of its strength: After about three weeks of growth, a hemp stalk will be so sturdy it's almost impossible to break because the fibers are so long and strong.

For culinary products, it's the seeds that are all-important. After they're pressed to produce oil, the resulting byproduct can be processed into a flour from which products like pasta can be created. JD Farms has also started cultivating young hemp leaves for salad mixes.

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Industrial hemp new star crop in Montana agriculture

"It has taken 17 years to finally get our first crop in the ground."

In 2001, industrial hemp became legal to grow in Montana. And considering it's one of the fastest growing crops around, it's amazing how long it took to actually be planted in Montana soil.

"We have about six hundred miles that we share with our Canadian neighbors, and they're making good money on industrial hemp, whereas Montana's making not one penny," says Chris Christiaens, lobbyist for Montana Farmers Union.

The new industry is thanks mostly to Chris, who, although it's been 17 years, continues to lobby for Montana farmers; in fact he's so busy, the only time our reporter could get an interview with him was on the road.

By Taylor Chase, Reporter

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