Burgeoning Hemp Industry Gains a Foothold in Walla Walla County
October 3, 2019
Sharp-eyed travelers on Middle Waitsburg road might have noticed a distinctive looking crop on a field there this summer. The large, leafy plant seen growing is hemp, and a nearby sign identifies the company associated with it as New West Genetics. New West Genetics develops seed varietals for products intended for the nutraceutical cannabinoid industry, the brewery industry, and in the human/animal food nutrition markets.
Although the crop may look like marijuana, it is specifically bred as a "low THC cannabis." THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuan...