A hemp farming expo took over Serb Hall in Milwaukee on Friday. This comes after the state started taking applications last week.
The hemp expo served as an opportunity for farmers to learn about regulations and how much money they could make by converting their fields. For others, there were vendors of all sorts showcasing its uses. Hundreds of people from a variety of backgrounds gathered together with a similar interest; getting to know what hemp is all about.
"I've always been intrigued and always wanted to find out the different types of uses of hemp," said Vlad Shteyn of Milwaukee.
Its fibers can be processed into traditional uses of hemp such as rope, clothing and much more.
"These mats can be used for anything from carpet upholstery," said Hemp Farm USA CEO Derek Cross.
However, a majority of industrial hemp farmers grow for its oil that's often used in organic medicine.
"Not everyone works well with Western medicine," said Gypsi Kernats from Hemp Worx. "A lot of people coming back on now want to have something more natural."
For the first time in 75 years, Wisconsinites can grow hemp on rural and urban land if they pass a background check for drug convictions. Melody Walker with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said it's a crop that should grow well in the state.
"We have 15 complete applications so far, however, we've received hundreds and hundreds of calls and emails," said Walker.