The hemp cannabis plant will make a big debut this year across Texas.
“A lot of the stigmas..if you grow hemp that’s going to be the marijuana, that’s not what it is,” Founder of the South Texas Hemp Cooperative, Rudy Montes said.
Montes wants farmers in the Rio Grande Valley to learn everything about the leafy specimen.
“There’s two sources of it, you got the cannabinoid flower…and that’s going to be paying attention to our growing for CBD, CBG, CBN,” he explained.
On the other hand Montes says the real demand is within the industrial market.
“The industrial portion…you will be growing for your textiles, bio-fuel, hemp cream , plastics.”
Hemp co-op officials believe south Texas farmers are in need of more resources to grow hemp without too many liabilities.
“We do see a viable source in the south Texas region just because we can do two or three harvests in one year.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farm worker employment decreases each passing decade, but Montes is optimistic hemp crop farming could change the game.