Nebraska Family Farm Shifting From Hops To Hemp
Midwest Hop Producers, Nebraska’s largest hop yard, is closing after six years of growing and processing hops.
Bruce and Annette Wiles, the owners, said that it was a valuable experience and that they gained a lot of knowledge and insight by introducing hops as a specialty crop in Nebraska. They worked with many others to come up with key standards for the hops industry. The duo is one of the major forces behind the growers/brewers conference and hosting the Harvest Ale Festival. Although the business had already come across trouble in the form of floods and tornadoes, the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that followed was the reason to stop raising hops.
This farm is located on 60 acres just south of Plattsmouth. The Wiles family farm was chosen among a handful to test the growing of hemp. Since hemp is seen as a lucrative crop and once widely cultivated in the state, it was a great success. Congress cleared the way for hemp farming by legalizing it in the 2018 farm bill. As long as the hemp has less than 0.3% THC, it is legal.
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