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Now’s the time to have your say about hemp

By: - January 7, 2020 5:10 am

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting comments on hemp production in Iowa. You have until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to make your point.

Iowa has asked federal agriculture officials for permission to allow hemp production in a state known more for corn, soybeans and hay. The U.S. Department of Agriculture must approve the program. Should USDA approve the move, farmers would be able to grow up to 40 acres of hemp per season.

Industrial hemp is used for in textiles and other product production and comes from a low-THC cannibis variety not used as a drug. Iowa is developing rules to implement the Iowa Hemp Act. The 2018 federal farm bill made it legal to grow hemp, which was removed from the controlled substances list. Farm Bureau reported late last year that 46 states allow hemp production.


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