Over 250 acres was planted for leaf harvest in early October, with additional acreage for producing next year’s seeds.
RedLeaf Biologics Inc. (Lexington, KY) planted over 300 acres of its non-GMO RedNaturalsorghum across central Kentucky. Over 250 acres was planted for leaf harvest in early October, with additional acreage for producing next year’s seeds. The red sorghum varietal provides local Kentucky farmers the opportunity to diversify their crop portfolios in a meaningful way.
“We couldn’t have done this without the knowledge, support, and trust of our local farmers,” said Jordan Wood, RedLeaf CEO, in a press release. “We’re keenly aware of the importance of our farmers and are excited to continue working with our existing partners while also expanding our grower network and making this special crop available to any farmer’s portfolio.”
Since 2015, local Kentucky farmers have acted as key partners with RedLeaf to establish a new agricultural value chain. Combined with RedLeaf’s first commercial scale facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, 2022’s acreage enables the company to serve customers at scale, marking an important inflection point in the company’s growth.
“Developing and maintaining relationships with our local farmers is essential. By owning our value chain end-to-end, we can deliver an outstanding product to our customers that not only defines a new standard of performance, but also for sustainability, scalability, and supply chain security,”Parker Camp, RedLeafagricultural operations manager, said in a press release.
In each of the next five years, RedLeaf expects to expand this planted acreage by a factor of three and into geographies beyond Kentucky to satisfy increasing customer demand for its unique botanical extract.