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State lawmakers voted earlier this year to legalize industrial hemp in Wyoming. But many details must be sorted out before hemp becomes the newest cash crop in the state’s $2 billion agricultural sector.

It appears there’s plenty of interest in hemp, as seen in the response to the the third-ever Wyoming Agriculture Diversification Summit, taking place Thursday in Casper. The event has already sold-out once (they expanded the ticket sales after a waiting list had been instituted) and has already had to switch venues, moving to the tailor-made convention space downtown: all with very little advertising.

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Upton is located 70 miles east of thirteen open pit coal mines, including the Thunder Basin Coal Mine, the nation's largest. You can arrange to have guided tours to learn more about this critical industry in northeast Wyoming. Upton and Newcastle are on the railroad right-of-way that ships most of the coal to midwestern and eastern markets. There is an average of 75 Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad trains that pass through Weston County daily. This is a train watchers heaven!