Help harvest hemp during tour of hemp farm near San Antonio
BERGHEIM, Texas – Tours at the hemp farm in Bergheim, just outside San Antonio, are about to get a whole lot more interactive. It’s officially hemp harvest time and guests who book tours can participate in the harvesting process. “Schedule a harvest experience and meander the hemp field, while engaging in an immersive sensory experience,” said officials at Pur IsoLabs. Guests can expect to help trim some of the first hemp plants grown in Texas in many years. “Due to the experience being a natural process, it is to be determined when the Hemp Harvest Experience will end,” officials said.
You can tour a hemp farm near San Antonio
BERGHEIM, Texas Tiptoe through the... hemp farm? Thats right, you can tour a hemp farm in Bergheim, just a 40-minute drive from downtown San Antonio. Our team educates guests on everything hemp, from obtaining the hemp seeds to the end of harvest. Its definitely a sensory tour where you can see, smell, and touch the plants, Roundtree said. The 2018 Texas Farm Bill legalized the commercial production of hemp and authorized states to submit plans to administer hemp programs, according to TexasAgriculture.gov.
Texas retail ban on smokeable hemp starts Sunday
With those rules that take effect Sunday comes a retail ban on smokeable hemp. So the state asked the public for comment on why it should keep smokeable hemp products on shelves. "There were just under 1,700 commenters, however, who strongly disagreed with (a retail hemp ban) being included in the rules," Finkel said. Because of the retail smokeable hemp ban that’s taking effect on Aug. 2, many shops across Texas will be affected, Finkel says. To read more about the Texas hemp rules, click here.
Hemp farm just outside Boerne sees growth in first crop
SAN ANTONIO – Hemp farming has begun in Texas this year and one set of farmers outside Boerne says they have some of the first crops in the state. The Texas Department of Agriculture began licensing farmers and businesses early this year to grow hemp after the state legislature greenlit farming of the plant. Pur IsoLabs in Bergheim, 10 miles east of Boerne off Highway 46, is one of the first to be licensed. Ruple and his wife Jennifer own Pur IsoLabs and have sold hemp products for the past five years, now they are expanding their business by starting to grow hemp right next to their store. This is just the beginning for the hemp farm industry, the future looks very promising for a plant that can be used in many ways.
What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
SAN ANTONIO – Taking a closer look at both the marijuana and hemp plants and you will discover the huge difference between the two. Hemp plants have .3 percent or less of THC, while the marijuana plants have a higher level. Their appearance from far away may look the same but when you get close the hemp plant grows taller and skinnier, while the marijuana plant has buds, or flowers, and doesn’t grow as tall. The dried flowers of a marijuana plant are what people smoke. Hemp is legal to grow and possess in Texas and marijuana isn’t.