The Man, The Hemp, The Legend......Mr. Bill Corbin
There are no bones about it, explicitly stated, Bill Corbin is a true badass hemp farmer revered all throughout the land! In 2015 he fearlessly dove head first into the hemp industry exploring all possibilities and not taking no for an answer. Mr. Corbin had previous success as a tobacco farmer and has developed a well established farm presence all across the southeast. Out at Bill's farm he stated, "I have always liked different", while discussing his interests in other specialty crops such as indigo.
He's a straight shooter when it comes to talking about hemp and tells a humbling story of how he lost a whole crop one year. "Its not an easy crop to grow," he says cautiously. He humbly told from personal experience a farming mishap that effected one of his first experiments with industrial hemp. "A residual issue was of my own doings. We had cut the first field of tobacco. I had some hemp seedlings left over and wanted to see if there was still enough herbicide activity left from 90 days earlier (when applied) to still have some broadleaf control, absent plant damage. When we harvested this very small plot, it was mistakenly mixed with CLEAN plants thus contaminating the entire crop. There was about 170+ grams of oil extracted at the time the test results came back. 32 bucks a gram at that time, so a very hard lesson learned. You live and learn", Bill said.
His can't stop won't stop attitude has paved the way for his success. Now in his fourth year of hemp farming, he is feeling confident moving forward in the most promising year Tennessee's program has warranted. This 2018 season is the first year licensed Tennessee hemp farmers have had the opportunity to import high cannabinoid genetics and has given way to a shift in economic viability for Tennessee's market. Bill is also a listed propagule/seed provider included on the TNHIA's list of seed providers for 2018. https://tinyurl.com/yddzy769
Bill is not shy to admit that he bet the farm on hemp. At Corbin Farms he discussed the great potential and long term sustainability he sees in the crop while educating others at a May 14, 2018 field day for socially disadvantaged farmers. He educated farmers not only on cannabinoid production but told them how all parts of the plant could be potentially utilized. The huge bag of massive roots was one of the most impressive things I have seen. He joked saying, "we didn't have anything else to do, so we harvested the roots too." His plan for the roots is to supply them for a local processor who will incorporate them into non-consumable products such as topicals.
Mr. Corbin is not only a celebrity among the farming community but he is also a hero at home. His wife Sherrie, is wonderfully supportive and his children Bronson and Cade have a special sparkle in their eye for dad. Bill's parents were both extremely involved with agriculture in Tennessee throughout their lives. His mother, Jane, even shows her support for industrial hemp by attending as many events as she can and is also enthusiastic about making soap with hemp seed oil.
As if running a huge farm and being a doting husband and father is not enough he also has participated in projects with companies like Patagonia to further proliferate sustainable and diversified agriculture for the future. Mr. Corbin has been an integral part of the TNHIA, serving as a board member and hosting events such as a square dance in his hemp field in 2017.