Now that the 2018 Farm Bill has made hemp a federally legal commodity, states have been creating their own hemp pilot programs in order for farmers to start cultivating this crop. While hemp is known as a low maintenance crop that can be grown in various conditions, there are certain states that either don’t have their hemp pilot program initiated or where hemp cultivation remains illegal despite federal law.
State Hemp Pilot Programs in 2020
Even though the majority of all 50 states have an active hemp program, this isn’t necessarily the case for all. Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming have all submitted their hemp programs for review from USDA and plan on launching their programs this year. The only states where hemp remains illegal to cultivate are Idaho and New Hampshire. Neither states have started creating a pilot hemp program or released plans on doing so. The remaining states all have active hemp programs with licensed farmers currently growing for the 2020 crop year.
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