USDA Holds 2018 Farm Bill Listening Session

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a listening session for public input on the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Several speakers listed key issues that the USDA should prioritize while drafting regulations for the newly legalized hemp industry.

Bridget Hill-Zayat from Hoban Law Group, a Denver-based company that represents hemp farmers in states like Colorado and Kentucky, asked the USDA to quickly enforce hemp regulations so that states that are currently in session can create their hemp programs this year. She said that delays could leave farmers waiting till 2021 to plant their crop.

“These are small farmers,” Hill-Zayat said. “They can’t get [crop] insurance until all of these rules are promulgated. It’s crucial to their success.”