American Farm Bureau Federation Convention Highlights Potential of Industrial Hemp

An expert panel presenting at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s convention in January outlined the politics, agronomics, and economics of industrial hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which opens new opportunities for farmers to grow the crop. Speakers advised farmers considering growing hemp to first secure a buyer and to consider availability of labor. The speakers differentiated between hemp grown as a horticultural crop and hemp grown as an agricultural crop, and they recommended the growers consider hemp as part of a crop rotation.