Deer devour hemp crops at southern Oregon farm

Orhempco planted about 1,000 plants near Murphy, only 40 left

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo, a volunteer walks through a hemp field at a farm in Springfield, Colo.One of Oregon’s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going. Josephine County Commissioner Cheryl Walker says that fertile seed is expensive and hard to come by, because the federal government prohibits imports. Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)

MURPHY, Ore. (AP) – Deer got the munchies at an industrial hemp crop in southern Oregon.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the deer recently got through barbed-wire fencing and went through the hemp plants like high-powered mowers.

The local company Orhempco planted about 1,000 plants near Murphy, and now there are only 40 left.

Kit Doyle is one of the partners in Orhempco. He says cannabis is high in protein, so he wasn’t surprised that the deer devoured the plants.

Doyle says the group has other plants that he expects will go to harvest and produce hemp seed for sale.

Industrial hemp has a very low level of THC, the psychoactive property of marijuana.

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