A discussion about alternative crops was on the agenda at the 2018 National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City. Participants included Dr. Rob Myers from the University of Missouri Plant Science Department and Michael Bowman from the National Hemp Association.
With low commodity prices challenging farmers, interest in alternative crops is again increasing. Myers said diverse plant communities can improve soil health, in addition to creating economic opportunities for growers. He talked about sunflowers and canola as two examples of alternative crops that might be possibilities to consider. Bowman spoke about how hemp production is increasing and what that could mean for American farmers.
Listen to the entire session here: NAFB18 Alternative Crops Session