KinFolk Farms owners R.W. Burns, Clay Condon and Adam Craten hosted an open house last Thursday for farmers and others interested in learning more about the hemp industry. S. Stewart photo

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

As the first large operation hemp farm in Pocahontas County, KinFolk Farms, LLC in Hillsboro is a good place to look for answers to questions about the emerging hemp industry in West Virginia.

The business owners – R.W. Burns, Clay Condon and Adam Craten – have always been transparent and open about their operation, and invited interested farmers and individuals to take a tour of the farm last Thursday.

Co-hosting the event was the WVU Extension Service of Pocahontas County, represented by county program coordinator and agriculture and natural resources extension agent Greg Hamons.

“The emerging hemp industry in the state and around is kind of booming,” Hamons said. West Virginia went from about fifty growers with a hundred and sixty acres to a hundred and fifty growers with about twenty-five hundred acres.”

Burns, with his farm, partnered with Condon and Craten – both hemp farmers – to create a larger scale operation which will also include drying…

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