January 23, 2018
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
Hemp Cultivation in Wisconsin on The West Side January 29
The legalization of the cultivation of industrial hemp and its impact on western Wisconsin will be the topic of discussion on The West Side Monday, January 29 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.
Rob Richard, state government affairs director for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, and Ken Anderson, president and founder of Legacy Hemp, will be the guests on the broadcast hosted by WPR’s Rich Kremer. Legacy Hemp is a company that provides hemp grain to certified cultivars in North Dakota and Minnesota. The guests will discuss Legacy Hemp’s plans to grow industrial hemp in western Wisconsin now that it is legal.
Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant and can be used in a multitude of industries including textiles and electronics. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has until March 2 to finish writing emergency rules to regulate how the crop is grown. The new law only allows the cultivation of hemp with a THC concentration of 0.3 percent or lower.
The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin. The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream at www.wrfw887.com. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615. Archives are available at www.wpr.org/programs/west-side-rich-kremer.
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