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As I described in my last post, until very recently, the federal government considered industrial hemp a Schedule I controlled substance. But when Congress finalized the 2018 Farm Bill last December, all of that changed; the new bill de-scheduled hemp as a controlled substance and allows it to cross state lines for commercial purposes.

Hemp’s new classification has opened doors for farmers like me to try a new crop. It’s also given rise to more questions than answers.

#1 How prepared are federal, state, and county governments for hemp farming?

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At the end of 2018, Congress passed a Farm Bill that differs from its predecessors in one remarkable way: it removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and includes it as a viable crop “for agronomic rotational purposes and for use as a habitat for honey bees and other pollinators.” Furthermore, it opens the door for funding research studying the uses of industrial hemp as well as “emerging commercial products derived from hemp.”

So what does this have to do with me, a vegetable farmer?

In a nutshell, the Farm Bill has effectively unshackled our ability to explore

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