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By Bryce McWilliamsU of A System Division of AgricultureSept. 6, 2019
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 2018 Farm Bill has opened a window of opportunity for cultivation
of industrial hemp – an industry whose products were valued at nearly $700 million
in 2016. However, before U.S. growers can go all out for industrial hemp, there’s
a regulatory waiting game that needs to play out.
Rusty Rumley, senior staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center, will
outline the current regulatory landscape for industrial hemp in a Sept. 18 webinar
that starts at noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT, and is scheduled to last about an hour. There
is no cost to attend the webinar.
The 2018 Farm Bill lays the foundation for the commercial production of industrial
hemp in the United States. State departments of agriculture and tribal governments
are currently waiting on regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under
which states will create their own plans to regulate the cultivation of industrial
hemp. These plans must be approved by the USDA. Understanding the new regulations
and other potential hurdles are critical for the successful production of industrial
hemp in the United States.
Rumley will highlight any new USDA regulations if they are issued by the time of the
The global market for industrial hemp consists of more than 25,000 products, according
to the Congressional Research Service, including textiles, recycling, food and beverages
and cannabidiol, better known as CBD.
“Industrial hemp is a rapidly growing segment of the agricultural sector in many states
and the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill will further benefit the new industry,”
Rumley said. “There are myriad challenges going forward that will need to be addressed
such as the ability to sell direct to consumers, issues with crop insurance, the use
of pesticides and the legal status of CBD.”
For more information on upcoming webinars, visit nationalaglawcenter.org. See more
of what the National Agricultural Law Center does on Twitter at @Nataglaw.
About the National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information.
The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers,
attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan
agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.
The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon
as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Sarah CatoNational Agricultural Law CenterU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(870) firstname.lastname@example.org