Governor of Wisconsin signs Industrial Hemp Farming Bill

Governor of Wisconsin signs Industrial Hemp Farming Bill

Nov 29th 2019

Governor Tony Evers has signed a bill that helps regulate hemp farming for the state of Wisconsin. 

Jeff Dennings, left, and Dave Crabill industrial hemp farmers, check plants on Aug. 21 at their farm in Clayton Township, Mich. The legalization of industrial hemp is spurring U.S. farmers into unfamiliar terrain, tempting them with profits amid turmoil in agriculture while proving to be a tricky endeavor in the early stages. Up for grabs is a lucrative market, one that could grow more than five-fold globally by 2025, driven by demand for cannabidiol. The compound does not cause a high like that of marijuana and is hyped as a health product to reduce anxiety, treat pain and promote sleep. - AP Photo/Paul Sancya

According to the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 1,247 hemp growers and 556 hemp processors were licensed and registered in 2019. 

Hemp crops must pass THC tests and any plants with over .3% THC must be destroyed. 

People are not allowed to grow or process the crop if they have a state or federal drug conviction.

Some farmers are concerned about how long it will take for the state testing to occur and that it might delay the process for the overall sale of hemp goods.

“From textiles, to recycling and bioplastics, to industrial materials, hemp provides endless opportunities to Wisconsin farmers who are looking for new markets to enter, which is why interest in growing and producing hemp in Wisconsin has skyrocketed in the last year,” Evers said in a statement. 

Thumbnail image source: Governor's twitter