Amid an epidemic of dairy closures around the country, some farmers are betting on the booming hemp market to balance out low milk prices.

For most of his life, Dale Grossen has milked cows on the Wisconsin dairy farm his grandparents bought.

But these days, the payoff for milking his 55 Holsteins, which he does largely by himself, isn’t what it was. “The prices are so bad that it’s not even worth being a dairy farmer anymore,” he said.

Now, as many small dairy farms are struggling to survive, Grossen is trying out a new crop on his farm: hemp.

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