After several years of studying the Hemp Health Benefits of the hemp plant, garlic grower Fred Koch has initiated the first hemp trials in southeastern Australia.
Ryan Vardy, who recently took over his father’s dairy farm, has been eager to expand the farm into new areas. Therefore, when Koch approached him about growing hemp, he was happy to get on board.
Koch commented on the misunderstanding that many people have about hemp. It is mistakenly identified as just another marijuana plant. He hopes to dispel the stigma against hemp, which has been caused by misinformation.
Although hemp has been legal to grow in Victoria for a whole year now, it is still a very new industry and most of Australia’s hemp is imported from China and Canada. Koch would like to see Australia join the global market.
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