It took Connecticut a few years to set up its own pilot program. Governor Ned Lamont signed off on the idea in May. Since then, state Commissioner of Agriculture Bryan Hurlburt said the pilot program signed up 66 licensed growers.

A road that cuts through a dusty Connecticut farm bisects what could be the past and future of Connecticut farming.

On one side is broadleaf tobacco, a staple crop of Connecticut farms for generations. On the other, delicate hemp plants, swaying in the July heat. Eddie Kasheta owns this land in South Windsor.

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Patrick Skahill ~ Connecticut Public Radio via NEPR.net