Louisiana could see up to 80,000 acres developing hemp in 2020, up from zero this year, the state’s leading agriculture chief says.
But the development, he says, relies on the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) finishing operate on new guidelines for production.
Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain briefed state lawmakers Wednesday about hemp prospects there.
Strain predicted in between 100-200 farmers would apply for permits to develop hemp in 2020 if they could. Louisiana has authorized hemp production, but only if federal authorities approve its plans to regulate the crop.
The USDA will have 60 days to approve or reject Louisiana’s hemp strategy. But the timer will not get started till national guidelines are released. The agency has mentioned guidelines would be in location for the 2020 developing season but there is nevertheless no precise timetable.
Louisiana is not the only state waiting to see federal action ahead of enabling hemp farming. Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Texas are amongst the states that have passed hemp laws contingent on USDA approval, according to the 2019 Hemp & CBD Business Factbook.
– The Related Press and Hemp Business Every day
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