Industrial Hemp Set to be Fixture at Ag Department

Representative David Hillman was successful in the 91st General Assembly in passing legislation to begin a commercial research program for industrial hemp in Arkansas, and in the 92nd General Assembly, he’s been successful in making the program a mainstay at the Arkansas Agriculture Department by allowing the Department to collect fees from participants in the commercial research program and allowing those funds to support the regulatory functions of the Department as it relates to hemp.

The 2018 farm bill remove hemp from the controlled substance act, which is expected to lead to rapid development of the industry across the United States, and states that are prepared to support such an industry stand the most chance to gain as the industry grows. Arkansas is well positioned to be a participant in this market place.

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