Industrial Hemp Could Save American Agriculture

By Richard Blau (November 6, 2019, 3:59 PM EST) -- On Oct. 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a new regulation establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.[1] A requirement of the 2018 Farm Bill, this new program creates a comprehensive regulatory framework through which the USDA can approve plans submitted by states and Native American tribes for the domestic production of hemp.

It also establishes a federal plan for hemp producers in states or territories of Native American tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved plan. For American farmers who have suffered through years of trade war tariffs and climate-driven catastrophic weather, the new federal regulation offers much...

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