With their water wells dropping, two farmers from the far southwest corner of Kansas flew a 1967 Cessna Wednesday morning to Topeka – all in support of hemp.

Farmers Darren Buck and Reid Shrauner didn’t have quite the journey as some of their fellow Morton County residents, who left before sunlight to support a bill that they think could boost their county’s struggling economy and extend the life of the Ogallala Aquifer.

On this tough terrain where rain comes sparingly, Buck and Shrauner envision industrial hemp as an alternative crop to water-intense corn. 

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Amy Bickel ~ High Plains Public Radio ~