Yet another win for Industrial Hemp Farming! Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) successfully pushed the Bonamici-Massie-Blumenauer-Polis amendment to H.R. 4660 with a vote of 235-170. This is excellent news! This legislation helps pave the way for Virginia to launch its industrial hemp pilot programs. Continue Reading ››
We had a very productive and promising meeting with Sen Deeds Thursday afternoon! A little background, current Virginia law bans industrial hemp farming throughout the commonwealth. The Virginia house and senate passed resolutions in 1999 and in 2001 pushing for industrial hemp cultivation in Virginia.These resolutions did not do anything to update Virginia law, rather they … Continue Reading ››
Please check out our deck that will be presented to Sen. Deeds today! This will be used primarily to discuss industrial hemp pilot programs in Virginia. Specifically, pilot programs in the private sector and when/how farmers and business owners can expect change. We will be providing additional supporting materials that cover agricultural issues and other … Continue Reading ››
Despite all the action surrounding Kentucky's industrial hemp pilot program, Director of Agricultural Warren Beeler took the time to call us. If you are not aware, Kentucky had planned to plant industrial hemp seeds for the launch of its pilot program until the DEA stepped in. The DEA, despite Kentucky's right to purchase and plant … Continue Reading ››
We had another discussion with the Virginia Department of Agricultural today. No new news regarding planning and implementation of industrial hemp pilot programs since we last spoke. We did spend some time discussing the benefits and possible hurdles, as well as the developing situation in Kentucky. Overall, another positive conversation!
We are on the books to have a sit down meeting with Virginia Sen. Deeds who's district covers Nelson County. The meeting is set for late May. In preparation, we are organizing a presentation to discuss the challenges of launching a pilot program in Virginia. Less focus on legalizing industrial hemp as Virginia has already passed … Continue Reading ››