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David Sparks Ph.d Industrial Hemp
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: January 21, 2019

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Hemp industry research suggests industrial hemp could provide a multi-billion-dollar market for U.S. farmers. Rob Richard, senior director for government relations, Wisconsin Farm Bureau, says Farm Bureau members pledged support for the legalization of industrial hemp prior to the last farm bill. “They basically took a position to support the marketing commercialization, the legalization of industrial hemp. the 2014 Farm Bill has a provision that would allow states to set up hemp pilot programs, so that is what we did here in the state of Wisconsin.”

Richard says there are many markets available for U.S. farmers. “We are right now, as a country, the largest importer of hemp products in the world.

The U.S. hemp market could develop into a 2-3 billion dollar industry. Richard says there are many uses for industrial hemp beyond the traditional textiles and rope

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