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09-12-2017

State/National Policy

On September 8, 2017, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau released a letter that was sent to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity asking for Industrial Hemp to be descheduled from the Controlled Substances Act. The letter was signed by 27 state Farm Bureau Presidents who also came out in support of House Resolution 3530 (HR3530) currently in the United States Congress. HR3530 is sponsored by Congressional Representative James Comer (R-KY), who was instrumental in building Kentucky's hemp industry. Rob Richard, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau led the effort to send the letter and is currently pushing the Wisconsin State Legislature to legalize hemp for Wisconsin farmers.

Hempstead Project Heart (HPH) had the opportunity to meet with Rob Richard earlier this year to discuss the prospects of hemp legislation being passed in Wisconsin. Rob seemed confident hemp would make a comeback in the Badger state and inquired Campaign Manager, Marcus Grignon, if  HPH had any historical documents discussing the rich hemp history of Wisconsin. Marcus obliged and gave Rob a trove of documents from the Wisconsin Historical Society, USDA National Archives, as well as numerous newspaper articles from the first half of the 20th century. From what we've seen so far come out of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau is the historical documents have made an impact.

Now more than ever, Hemp looks closer and closer to being re-introduced to the American farming community to utilize. With the support of the Farm Bureau's across the country and more voices speaking in unison to #bringbackhemp, now is the time to let your voice be heard loud and clear. Hemp is an American Tradition as old as our founding. It would be wise to remember our old traditions and use them in a sustainable way for seven generations.

You can read Rob Richard's blog post on hemp here.