Grow it and he will buy it.
John Roulac, the founder and CEO of a major hemp foods company, Nutiva, said he plans to buy all the organic hemp that Kentucky can produce, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
But labeling hemp as organic has been a controversial issue in recent weeks, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it would grant one Colorado hemp producer with an organic certified label, but then reneged last week, saying the decision was premature.
Roulac will formally announce his purchasing plan at GoOrganic!, a seminar on organic agriculture that will be held at the Hemp Research Campus in Winchester, Kentucky on Feb. 29, the Herald-Leader reported.
Transitioning to organic farming methods can take two to five years, and Roulac said farmers should start preparing now.