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Farm Bill talks Invigorate hope for hemp in the Valley

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For decades, “hemp” has been one of the bad four-letter words among many farmers and government officials because it’s a not-so-distant cousin to marijuana. But the plant has its advocates, who note that you can’t smoke it and get high, and it has a vastly longer list of possible uses from being used to make food items to being compressed to make skateboards and other hard items to being converted into biofuel.