Pennsylvania farmers taking a risk on hemp

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Hemp plants grow in a field near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Hemp plants grow in a field near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

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A 2018 federal farm bill removed hemp from a list of controlled substances and cleared the way for farmers to grow the plant. Some Pennsylvania farmers have started the process, hoping hemp will be a cash crop. But why is hemp farming regarded as risky? WITF’s Rachel McDevitt tells the story of one farmer who is growing hemp in Lancaster County.

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