CBD & Hemp

Compared to the 89 million acres of soybean in the U.S., the hemp industry is still meager at 25,000 acres, but experts expect that will quickly change now that President Donald Trump has signed the 2018 farm bill.

President Trump legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp Thursday when he signed a widespread, bipartisan farm bill aimed at boosting the agriculture industry.

Local hemp farmers are feeling some relief from the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp production at the federal level and clarified the crop’s murky legality.

In the past three years the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has managed a pilot program to allow farmers to plant industrial hemp. 43 Minnesota farmers grew hemp last season — a number that’s sure to explode once future markets are refined.

“We actually teach our students how to plant the seed properly, how to cultivate the seed properly, how to harvest the crop properly and then what to do with the crop after it’s harvest,” said America’s Hemp Academy founder Joe Bisogno, Founder.

Hemp advocates held a news conference Thursday in Denver to tout the expected legalization and thank Trump in advance for signing the bill. The president is expected to sign the bill next week.

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