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This 14-year-old cowboy poet may surprise you

In this April 19, 2018, photo, Thatch Elmer, 14-year-old emerging cowboy poet, poses for a photo at the Standard-Examiner. The Harrisville cowboy travels throughout the country to cowboy poetry events each year, causing him to miss about a month's worth of school days this year at Wahlquist Junior High where he's an eighth grader. (Ben Dorger/Standard-Examiner via AP)

OGDEN, Utah — At 14 years old and 5 feet 5 inches tall, cowboy poet Thatch Elmer may have to physically look up to many of his cohorts, but there are plenty who admiringly look up to him.

Pecan growers seek to break out of the pie shell

Jim Anthony, the owner of a 14,000-acre pecan farm near Granbury, Texas, displays bud break on a tree Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Anthony is part of a newly formed council of U.S. commercial pecan growers hoping to increase domestic demand of North America's only native nut as a hedge against rising tariffs with China, the biggest export market for American pecans. (AP Photo/Emily Schmall)

FORT WORTH, Texas — The humble pecan is being rebranded as more than just pie.

Pot growers turn to hemp as CBD extract explodes

In this April 24, 2018 photo, a hemp plant is pollinated at the Unique Botanicals facility in Springfield, Ore. A glut of legal marijuana has driven pot prices to rock-bottom levels in Oregon, and an increasing number of nervous growers are pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet--hemp. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A glut of legal marijuana is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet — one that doesn’t come with a high.

Spokane Valley’s Grow Op Farms expand pot business

Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman Review
In a large "mother room," propagation manager Brooke Smith, left, and Jordon Charbonneau talk about harvesting clippings to create new plants April 11 at Phat Panda, the largest cannabis-growing operation in Spokane, Wash.

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Workers clad in scrubs scurried last week between dozens of rooms in an old furniture distribution warehouse in Spokane Valley, site of eastern Washington’s largest legal marijuana farm.