Will the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 pass through the farm bill?
Hemp could be a hot new commodity for Ohio farmers in the near future.
In June, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) succeeded in including the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 in the Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill. The bill would remove hemp from the controlled substance list and enable it to be grown and cultivated as an agricultural commodity.
“[The Hemp Farming Act of 2018] could provide a new opportunity for Ohio farmers in an exploding industry,” said Robert Ryan, president and co-founder, QC Infusion (brand name Queen City Hemp) of Cincinnati. “Hemp protein, CBD (cannabidiol) and fiber are all potential options for a vast supply chain. Looking at Kentucky’s leading example, people are looking for a new crop to replace current rotations that are becoming less viable like tobacco.”