CALLAWAY, Minn. — There’s a lot of expectation invested in a few acres of hemp growing on a hill overlooking the small town of Callaway on the edge of the White Earth Reservation.
“I’m kinda nervous,” said tribal secretary-treasurer Tara Mason. “I don’t think I’ve been this concerned about how a crop is doing on White Earth until we planted these.”
Mason is nervous because the tribe has nearly $100,000 invested in this project and because she sees so much potential for economic development on this remote reservation.
“I think we’ve got a whole micro-economy that can be surrounded by hemp,” she told Minnesota Public Radio. “You know, this could really be the start of a lot of great things we can build on in the future.”
Hemp is grown for seeds or fiber. The seeds and the oil produced by crushing the seeds are a growing part of the food market.
“We are seeing growth in domestic hemp sales of 10-15 percent a year steadily as people discover that…