Last week we already reported on some major Hemp news, as one of the largest and most influential mainstream farm lobbying organizations, Indiana Farm Bureau, spoke out they are now pro-Hemp. Now, news reaches out hemp could soon be cultivated in 10 states under the farm bill agreement, allowing the establishment of pilot growing programs.
[quote_right]”We’ve been pushing for this a long time.”[/quote_right]
“This is big,” said Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, a Washington-based group that advocates for the plant’s legal cultivation. “We’ve been pushing for this a long time.”
“We are laying the groundwork for a new commodity market for Kentucky farmers,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said in a statement. McConnell was a lead negotiator on the inclusion of hemp in the farm bill.
The full House and Senate still must agree on the bill that will head to the House floor Wednesday. State departments of agriculture then must designate hemp-cultivation pilot projects for research purposes.