Hemp farming grows in Rockbridge County

By Coleman Martinson

Hemp is popping up all over the country and state, including in Rockbridge County. Since a law change earlier this year, Virginia farmers are planting hemp to diversify their crops and to capitalize on a growing market for CBD oil. The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports 1,123 licensed industrial hemp growers in the commonwealth this year, compared to fewer than 100 the year before.