For the very first time in over 70 decades, farmers in Missouri is going to be permitted to grow industrial hemp throughout the 2020 growing year.
But they will require a license from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Those applications are on line today, and the section will begin processing them shortly after the first of this year.
“Producers should know that they need to wait for that final approval before purchasing, receiving or planting industrial hemp seed. We really want them to have that registration in hand so that legally they are in a good spot,” stated Sami Jo Freeman, a spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Industrial hemp was banned throughout the nation due to its connection to marijuana. Proponents of allowing the harvest to be farmed again contended the degree of this compound in marijuana that contributes to a high is only found in trace quantities in hemp.
“You’d have to smoke a hemp joint the size of a telephone pole to get high,” stated Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. “Hemp was outlawed because it looks like marijuana.”
The 2018 Farm Bill enabled for industrial hemp production nationally, leaving regulation and allowing into the nations. Illinois accepted principles for hemp growing beginning in 2019.
Industrial hemp may be used for many different goods including fabrics, rope, biodegradable plastic as well as the ever more common supplement cannabidiol, also called CBD oil. )
Adding a brand new crop to the choices for farmers continues to be a learning experience.
“Not only for the industry, but for government entities who are trying to provide opportunities for producer and industry feedback. But also strike that balance of doing our job as we see it in state government to provide the framework,” stated Freeman.
The online applications to grow raw is going to be processed beginning on Jan. 2, and manufacturers should get their enrollment in a lot of time for growing up, according to Freeman.