Local farmer first to obtain state hemp license

Dexter Jorgensen of rural Elk Point is the first farmer in Union County to receive an Industrial Hemp Grower License from the State of South Dakota. Jorgensen plans to plant 40 acres of hemp, to be used in the production of soap and clothing. He has factories in Vermillion, SD and Alabama that manufacture the soap, Amish Farm Bar Soap, from the hemp leaves. Jorgensen will sell the hemp stalks to a business in California that will turn them into clothing. He said the hemp he grows will be easily distinguished from marijuana plants – marijuana grows no more than four feet tall, while hemp can top out at 12 feet or more.