Hemp gets support during farm bill conference opening comments

Language in the 2018 Farm Bill that would remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances received early support from members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee.

Senator Mitch McConnell says, “I believe that industrial hemp deserves a comeback.  I think the confusion with its more controversial cousin has largely been eliminated.”

McConnell praised Kentucky Congressman James Comer’s lead on the hemp issue, as hemp products have been consumed in the U.S. for a long time.  “It’s everywhere, it’s just coming from some other country.  It’s past time we build on the work we began with the pilot program in the 2014 Farm Bill, and unleash farmers in Kentucky and any other state you represent that wants to take a shot at it.”

Congressman Bob Goodlatte agrees.  “It should be something that this farm bill takes the opportunity to bring to full force and allow American farmers to offer the base crop that can be converted into thousands of consumer products.”

The 2014 Farm Bill created a pilot program for industrial hemp, but farmers and processors in many states including Wisconsin have obstacles with insurance and lenders because hemp is still listed as a controlled substance and is not yet eligible for crop insurance.

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