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In pursuit of big profits, hemp growers blaze a perilous new path in Northwest agriculture

Sauvie Island farmer Don Kruger examines the flower on a soon to be harvested plant on a 22-acre hemp field on Sauvie Island in northwest Oregon.

If everything goes right — and that’s a big if — hemp grown for CBD can be a very lucrative crop. But this year, some farmers risk financial disaster as they struggle with a big downturn in the market and problems ranging from mold in their fields to bottlenecks in processing.  VIEW

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