Brian Furnish is an 8th generation Kentucky farmer who is dedicating his life to helping improve the hemp industry while serving as Ananda Hemp’s Director of Production. He has been growing hemp in tobacco country for several years while building his own entrepreneurial business. This month, Ag News Daily interviewed Brian to learn more about the important role he is playing to help Kentucky become the center of the hemp revolution in the United States.
Throughout the interview, Furnish answered questions about some of the issues he faces each week. He discussed some of his typical responsibilities for Ananda Hemp, along with Section 7606 of the Farm Bill, an act that helped legalize hemp production.
He also talked about the reasons why hemp will play an increasingly important role in the economy. “There are three very distinct uses for the hemp plant,” said Furnish. “Food, utility and medicinal.”
Ultimately, the market for hemp is still emerging. But the world of hemp agriculture is expanding rapidly in order to meet the demands of an increasingly open-minded population in need of solutions to many problems. Some of these areas that the hemp industry proposes to tackle include pain management, health and wellness, food, and even environmental concerns. What was once labelled as illegal, is now transitioning into a super crop capable of helping farmers transition away from tobacco, and consumers utilize healthier options in their daily lives.
Click the audio link above to hear the full interview. Brian’s portion begins at 14:00 minutes.
Source: Ag News Daily