HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas — A Texas company is paving the way for the hemp industry and setting up their headquarters here in the Valley.
Texas Hemp Ventures, a hemp company founded by four partners, Beau Woodcock, Jake Eckert, Rudy Montes and Kelly Lloyde who secured their license to grow hemp and chose to do so in an area rooted in agriculture, the Valley.
“The climate is ideal for growing hemp, [there are] multiple rotations during the year,” said Eckert.
“We’re so close to the border down here that we’re able to push further into international if we have to go that route,” said Montes.
Eckert said there are various services to farmers locally and across the country.
“Specifically with genetics, processing, extraction, cultivation consultation, white labeling, laboratory services and more to come,” said Eckert.
“We’re going to start testing this once a week to ensure that we are in compliance with Texas standards,” explained Lloyde as he referred to crops in the flowering stage. “After about 5-6 weeks we should know right where the plant is and we’ll know how to harvest it before it runs over the compliant level.”
In addition, they are while also looking to fill positions even in this time of crisis.
“Cameron, Hidalgo, Zapata, Willacy [counties] are what we’re looking at [from] doing the research [and] looking at their poverty levels [and] how the jobs have been during the COVID-19 [pandemic],” Montes. “But we’re still pushing forward [and] we are still able to bring back jobs for people that [are] interested in this.”
The company will be having a virtual “Hempalooza” on Monday where you’ll get to see how they operate. For more information, visit their Facebook page.