For Pioneer, Hemp Pays

Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin, who began harvesting hemp in 2013, sells his crop to a foam-insulation company and to a paper company. Loflin operates Rocky Mountain Hemp Inc. in Springfield. On Saturday, he spoke to more than 50 people at the Four States Ag Expo in Montezuma County.

An attentive audience of more than 50 local farmers and residents quizzed America’s first modern-day industrial hemp farmer at the Four States Ag Expo.

As the three-day event came to a close Saturday, Ryan Loflin fielded dozens of questions during a hemp awareness event. Loflin, a third-generation Colorado farmer, owns and operates the Rocky Mountain Hemp Inc. farm in Springfield.

In 2013, he became the country’s first hemp farmer in nearly six decades.

Have you sold your crop?

In response to the first and perhaps most important question, Loflin answered in the affirmative. He sold almost a ton of hemp stalks last...

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