Hemp Bill Panel Discussion
On Sunday, December 9, in conjunction with a screening of the documentary “The Hemp Road Trip,” Heady Vermont organized a panel titled, “How Could the New Farm Bill Impact Vermont Hemp Farmers?”
Panel organizer Eli Harrington said that the panel was assembled quickly tin response to several questions that Heady Vermont has received related to the impending passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the hemp provisions included.
“Right now in Vermont there are over 400 registered industrial hemp cultivators, hundreds of people involved in small hemp and CBD businesses, and at least hundreds of thousands of dollars being generated with much activity” said Harrington. “The hemp provisions included in this bill will absolutely have an impact on this growing agricultural and artisan community, so we’re very grateful that we have a Congressional delegation and State officials who can respond to these questions and concerns.”
Participants included Erica Campbell, Outreach: Agriculture, Nutrition, Rural Development, Transportation in Office of Senator Bernie Sanders, Cary Giguere, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and Heather Darby from UVM Agricultural Extension.