A state law, which took effect earlier this year, allows people to apply for permits to raise hemp, which has an almost limitless number of end uses such as fiber for building materials, grain for food products, along with chemical applications for things like paint and batteries.
“Anything that helps farms be more sustainable is okay in my book,” said Weber, who runs a haying operation with Prior in rural Albany County. “Farms have been hurting long enough. They need as much help as possible. For our operation, we’re always trying to keep the cash flow going.”