DES MOINES, Iowa —
Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that enables Iowa farmers to legally develop industrial hemp.
The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Legislature with overwhelming help final month.
The bill Reynolds signed Monday enables licensed growers to cultivate the crop on up to 40 acres. 1st, nevertheless, the Iowa Division of Agriculture and Land Stewardship need to create a program and submit it for approval of the U.S. Division of Agriculture.
The USDA need to nonetheless release its personal regulations this fall, with hopes of permitting farmers to develop hemp subsequent year.
Considering that the 2018 Farm Bill eased federal restrictions on hemp production, most states have either legalized production or are expanding it beneath a 2014 law that enables restricted industrial production or study plots.
Amongst these that haven’t is South Dakota, exactly where the governor vetoed such a law final month.
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Original Short article by KCCI