WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate permitted funding that can prolong the hemp pilot program by September 2021. The funding was a part of a unbroken decision permitted to forestall a authorities shutdown. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed the stopgap spending invoice into legislation.
“We’re thankful for both the House and the Senate for listening to us back in August when we wrote about the importance of this program,” stated National Industrial Hemp Council Board Chairman Patrick Atagi. “With the Senate’s vote today, hemp farmers across the country will have more certainty tomorrow while states continue their important work to submit final plans to the USDA for approval.”
Federally-legal hemp farming started in 2014 after the Farm Bill was enacted. The 2014 laws created a hemp pilot program in states with plans permitted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 2018, one other Farm Bill was handed and eliminated hemp from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Controlled Substance Act. With the pilot program set to expire, states had till October 31, 2020, to submit their last plans for USDA approval. Due to problems and delays associated to COVID-19, some states have been struggling to meet that deadline.
Hemp has an extended historical past of business use and likewise is a major supply for CBD extraction. Many farmers view hemp as a possible new money crop with the power to assist ease the growing struggles confronted by the American agriculture trade. Hemp, for essentially the most half, is essentially supported by a variety of Americans.
“Hemp is a bipartisan issue and that’s why Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) both expressed an interest in extending this program,” added Atagi.