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Finding a lifeline
Local small farm turns to hemp farming for revenue in light of new law
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Ben Grossen and his father Dale are trying hemp as a new crop to save their family farm. The Grossen’s 220-acre farm has been in the family since the 1950s. They devoted 35 acres to hemp and are planning to expand next year. - photo by Marissa Weiher
Crops span 220 acres on the land his father first established as the family farm in the early 1950s. But as small farms face plummeting milk prices and devalued crops, Dale is among many looking for a lifeline. He and other farmers are looking to save the land worked for generations by themselves and their ancestors before them.

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