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A look at a Missouri hemp field

It’s the first year for hemp production in the state. Here is one farm’s progress through the months.

Mindy Ward

August 11, 2020

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A close up of a hemp plant

Ever wondered what an industrial hemp field looks like up close? It may surprise you. Not every hemp plant looks like marijuana.

Scott County row crop farmer Jeff Limbaugh shows how raising hemp for fiber looks on his farm. Click through the photo gallery for more photos and information about Limbaugh’s first year of hemp production in the sands of Sikeston, Mo.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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