Farmer and HIA Hemp Feed Coalition Member
Ethan is a steering committee member of the Hemp Feed Coalition led by the Hemp Industries Association, which is taking the national charge of filing the necessary petitions with the FDA to approve hemp seed in agricultural feed, species by species. Ethan and his family raise beef, pork, and poultry on a non-GMO grain farm in Northern Iowa. Ethan has worked for the last two years to transplant his farming operation to a hemp-legal state. He sees an opportunity to produce natural hemp-feed livestock to produce non-commodity meat with an advantageous flavor profile and a unique nutritional story. This aggressive pivot from traditional agriculture led Ethan to be a stakeholder in Colorado’s hemp feed feasibility study group. Ethan believes that hemp can help struggling family farms with a high market value product that simultaneously advances restorative land management. Federal approval of hemp grain as livestock feed is a vital part of regenerating our environment, economy, rural communities, and society.