The boom of the hemp industry has reached nearly every state after the passing of the 2018 farm bill. This includes Wisconsin. 2019 was the first real growing season for most hemp farmers in the state. Despite some setbacks, mostly due to Wisconsin’s short growing season and colder climate–many farmers have found success and 2020 is definitely better than 2019 for the industry in the state. So good, in fact, that Wisconsin Growing Co. plans to create an indoor growing operation by redeveloping buildings in Milwaukee’s Riverwest area.
As of now, the company Wisconsin Growing Co has applied for the permits needed to remodel the ground floor of the space located at 728 N. Fratney St. It is about 5000 square feet and the company will be able to grow up to 30 hemp plants in the space. The owner, Sam Santana, is looking to start growing right away. The rest of the facility he plans to use for testing nutrients and genetics techniques for optimal hemp plant growth. Since Wisconsin Growing Co already has had measured success managing the growth of about 125,000 plants for another owner and has plans to grow 30,000 plants of its own this spring–the outlook for the Riverwest hemp facility looks good and will benefit the community as a whole.
Hemp is a booming industry in Wisconsin. Some farmers struggled with the short growing season and found you really only get one chance to get the planting timing right. However, the state houses some rapidly growing hemp conglomerates like Milwaukee-based Vance Global Inc., a hemp grower, and Wisconsin Hemp Scientific LLC a company that extracts CBD oil. Hemp related businesses have been flourishing in the state since hemp was removed from the state’s list of controlled substances in 2019.