A story from a team of Kentucky veterans puts Hemp in the News this week.

Kentucky farmer Mike Lewis has DEA helicopters flying over his farm every day. Why? Because as well as growing shiitake mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, pork and other exclusive food products, Lewis is growing industrial hemp.

Lewis and his team of veterans are some of the first Americans to grow hemp since it was made illegal in the prohibition era. They are striving to raise awareness about the economic growth potential of hemp.

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The Growing Warriors, as they call themselves, are making tool handles and textiles from their home grown and self-processed hemp. A loom was given to them, which they are using to weave American flags from hemp.

While textile mills sit empty in places across the U.S., Americans are importing about $500 million of hemp from China, Canada, and other countries.

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