(slow music) (knocking) (woman laughing) – [Woman] Wow, okay so the
last time I came to visit, this was full of chickens. – [Man] There was about
45,000 chickens in this house. – To imagine what to do
with this space instead is exciting, like to think
you’ve got this huge warehouse, what can we do with it? – [Man] Yeah. – [Woman] And you’ve imagined something. – [Man] I’ve decided to convert from raising broiler chickens to trying to raise industrial
hemp in these buildings, and I have a friend in
Franklin who has cancer and he’s been through radiation
and chemo and all that, and he was in terrible pain
in his joints and everything, and none of the drugs helped him and he started taking
CBD and he said he feels like a new man. – What’s your vision for this? What do you see in the future could happen with this area of West Virginia
for this kind of product, what could it do for rural America? – I hope it creates a
whole lot of new jobs and new revenue for the farm. You know, farmers in
America are in bad shape. – Who is big animal ag benefiting? Why is it perpetuating–
– Wall Street, mostly. Pilgrim’s Pride, who I
raised chicken’s for, in 2015 and 16, they
paid their stock holders 1.2 billion dollars in dividends. It had been almost 20
years since their growers had had an increase in pay. That’s wrong, I don’t
care what anybody says. So I’m trying to do my
part to get that changed. – If we were walking
through here a year ago, what was here? – There was chicken litter
four or five inches deep and it was covered with chickens. – Wall to wall. – Yep. (chickens twittering) I went through three different
kinds of colored lights because in addition to
white, the plants have to have colored light.
– Look at this, alright tell me what we’re seeing here. – These are my second
round of indoor plants that I started from seed. – [Woman] Okay. – Smells like marijuana. I’m putting a thousand in each section, and I wanna get it to
where at least once a month I’m harvesting a thousand plants. I’m gonna try to make it
available to the common folks, which means 50 dollars an ounce or less. For poultry, when they were big birds, they were drinking 8,000
gallons of water a day. When I get the houses
set up full of plants both houses, that’ll
probably be half that. – How much more money would
it make, you think, net? Have you worked the math out? – Once I get up to know
what I’m doing, it should be somewhere in the two
million dollar a year range. And my net’s gonna be 40 to 50%. – That’s great. And in comparison to
chickens what were you? – Oh, I think the best year I had with chickens was I netted $7,000. (gasps) – I gotta get like a selfie of me and you ’cause I’m just blown
away by this right now. There we go, good. So you’re gonna use half the water, you’re gonna make way more money. – [Man] Uh huh. – [Woman] And you’re
gonna employ five times the amount of people. That’s a pretty good deal. Seems like a win win. – If it all works out. I’m gonna do a pet CBD line too. – Oh yeah I’ve heard about that for pets. – Oh yeah, a lot of people
give it to their pets, older dogs and horses. I talked to a guy the other day that’s giving it to his horses. – What happened to that
horse you had here? – They’re in the field over across the road there.
– Oh yeah. Is there any judgment
about it being hemp or no? – Well a lot of ’em were
raising their eyebrows every time I say something you know, they’re thinking it’s something illegal that I’m doing.
– Right. – You know, I was a
law enforcement officer for 34 years I’m not all of a sudden gonna become an outlaw. You can see how the flowers
are starting to grow. – Yeah show me where the flowers are. – It’s all these little
buds coming out here. So each one of those is a flower. – [Woman] You can really smell it. – [Man] See all the flowers on here. – Yeah there’s a ton in here.
– All of these get big and fat hopefully and be full of oil. It forms a clump–
– Oh yeah. – Around the top. People call buds, what they
call a marijuana plant. Like it smells good.
– Yeah it’s a nice smell. It’s revolutionary what he’s doing. It’s the future I hope for for farmers, for rural
America where it’s not just about tearing down the farms that exist. It’s about building something better. Building something that
takes in consideration the farmer and what they need to live, the environment that these farms are in, the products people actually want, and of course the animals. (slow music)

45 thoughts on “Why This Farmer STOPPED Killing CHICKENS | LIVEKINDLY

  1. I love it. Farmers who want to change 100% deserve help switching over to a new means of living that lets workers keep their jobs.

  2. Better for the environment, better for the farmers, and certainly better in the cruelty department. Chickens should not have to live AND DIE in buildings like this. For absolutely no reason since we don’t need to eat them. ❀️🌱❀️

  3. Just four years ago local grocery stores did not supply much milk alternatives. Today its the complete opposite. We are heading in the right direction to eliminate animal agriculture and think we will see this happen in our lifetime. Much love to all of my fellow vegan youtubers and Influencers. I love and respect you all very much. Happy 2020πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ˜Š

  4. Awesome success story!! It would be great if the government had programs to assist farmers like him as they switch from farming meat and dairy to raising hemp, soy etc.

  5. More and more people are realizing the horror that is current in the animal industry.
    Here's to a vegan world future

  6. Everyone that says farmers are going to lose everything should point them towards this video. There are alternatives they can grow to make orders of magnitude more money to support their families and at the same time reduce cruelty and natural resource consumption. Also, these new products help people and animals.

  7. I don’t like the idea of Hemp growing under lights much better to grow it out in the sun. Concentrated growing changes the plant

  8. Theres always been money in growing cannabis and so long as im alive and smoking there will always be money to be made growing cannabis.

  9. Growing plants, instead of exploiting animals is wonderful. Maybe Jon Venus should have been looking at hemp, instead of consuming eggs and being part of the problem. Every barn should be converted into greenhouses….every last one of them…and all those fields should get trees….that will help with our earth's longevity. THERE IS NO OTHER PLANET TO MOVE TO…

  10. Wow, it’s these initiatives, just like the farmers footprint that are really changing farming and bettering lives (of both animals and farmers!)

  11. If I could give this 20 thumbs up I would πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  12. What a great way to show that you can change with market demands. Farmers can empower themselves, leave a declining, cruel, low profit industry and move to something that’s more ethical & sustainable πŸ’š

  13. Thank you for sharing this! It’s wonderful to see taking lemons and make lemonade!!!! Yes we give cbd oils to our furbabies!

  14. Once that warehouse fills up full of hemp, he'll have a bigger opportunity to expand on the possibilities hemp has to offer

  15. Did he jus say net pay $7000 a year when he had chickensπŸ˜²πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

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