Hemp farming may take a new direction, with positive impacts on Florida’s agricultural exports. Hemp is used in making rope, clothing, animal feed and building products. Lawmakers are hopeful that this crop will help North Florida’s timber industry, which suffered greatly after Hurricane Michael.
Hemp is not part of the medical marijuana bill; however, potential growers will be required to use certified hemp seeds and register with the agriculture department.
The new farm bill will help create a framework for approval to grow, process and sell hemp, including inspections for the industry and background checks for those seeking to participate.