Oregon Farmers can Legally Grow Hemp as of Now!

(SALEM, Ore.) – Hemp hasn’t been grown in Oregon since 1957, when prohibitionists went on the offensive and demanded a total ban on hemp production… but this spring that all changes.

As of today, the State of Oregon has accepted the rules presented by the committee and will accept applications to become a hemp farmer, handler, or hemp seed producer.

The Rules to Administer Growing, Handling, and Processing Industrial Hemp for the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture that the committee has been working on for the past year was submitted to the Oregon State Official Bulletin on Monday, December 1st. There was a public hearing January 6th, 2015, and the Approved Rules went into effect on February 2nd, 2015.

“This means we can grow Industrial Hemp in Oregon for this next growing season,” said Tim Pate, committee member.

This special day is also commemorated by Pate’s birthday. “I normally never celebrate my birthday…kinda been bad luck…but this is one Ground Hog’s Day I would love to see repeated in every state of the Union.”

The new law sets up a state-regulated program for farmers to grow industrial hemp which is used in a wide variety of products, and has long had a strong constituency of Oregonians solidly behind legalizing the plant.

Hemp has been around “forever”. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.

Hemp used to be a mainstay for American families, before the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which caused most farmers to be reluctant to grow it, and within years it was no more.

Now, it is again growing in popularity and it’s good for you! You’ll find hemp in many nutritious foods, cosmetics, body care, clothing, tree-free paper, auto parts, building materials, fuels, rope, soaps, and numerous other products that are common throughout the U.S., but all the hemp is imported from Canada, Turkey or a few other countries.

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not recognize the value of industrial hemp and permit its production. Soon, that will be a thing of the past.

Canada legalized the production of industrial hemp in the late 1990s. According to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA), Canadian farmers planted nearly 39,000 acres of hemp in 2011.

Canadian farmers are reporting net profits of $200 to $250 per acre. A report compiled by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development estimates gross revenue for Canadian hemp seed production at between $30.75 million and $34 million. Since most Canadian hemp exports come to the United States, it makes sense that farmers here should benefit from this economic boon.

– Read the entire article at Salem-News.com.

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