New York Sen. Gillibrand pushes for hemp insurance to aid new state industry - Cannabis News

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend crop insurance protections to hemp, a move trade groups say would be crucial to an industry that was made legal only a few years ago.

In a visit to the state's first industrial hemp operation, JD Farms, in Madison County, Gillibrand called on USDA to designate hemp as a specialty crop to be covered in the event of disaster or weather damage.

"If our farmers are going to invest their resources to grow industrial hemp and help build our local economy, they should have the peace of mind that their investments are going to be protected if a natural disaster comes and wipes out their harvest," she said, according to local media.

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