Around 100 farmers interested in growing hemp as a cash crop gathered last Wednesday in Barron County. Some say they're considering planting test plots as early as next year, just months after lawmakers lifted a ban on the crop.

Hemp is a strain of cannabis with low concentrations of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana known as THC.

Hemp products like hemp oil, protein powders and roasted hemp seeds are becoming increasingly popular.

The meeting room at the Barron County Government Center was nearly filled for a presentation by Minnesota hemp farmer John Strohfus who began growing hemp in 2016, a year after Minnesota legalized it's production.

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Rich Kremer ~ Wisconsin Public Radio