New Bill in Oregon Will Reclassify Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity

Industrial Hemp plots at Spindletop research farm in Lexington, Ky.

The state of Oregon is looking to develop hemp into one of their most profitable agricultural commodities. A new bill proposed to Oregon legislation would reclassify the industrial hemp plant for agricultural purposes and would also set into motion statewide standards for growing hemp from seed to sale.

Hemp can be produced into over 25,000 products. It is one of the only plants on earth that can provide fuel, food, medicine, textiles, and carbon neutral housing. The plant possesses an extremely short growth cycle, utilizing the least amount of water, nutrients and pesticides, while sequestering the greatest level of carbon and is one of the few plants on earth that can be grown commercially almost anywhere in the world.

The 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to research the industrial hemp via pilot programs, usually in conjunction with a local college in the area.

Thirty-four (34) states have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production. These states will be able to take immediate advantage of the hemp research and pilot program provision of Section 7606 of the Farm BillAlabamaArkansas, CaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelaware, FloridaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaKentuckyMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaTennesseeUtahVermontWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming and Virginia.

Sources: www.votehemp.com

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