New York farmers band together to capitalize on new hemp regulations
Several area farmers have banded together under the moniker Hempire State Growers seeking to reap the benefits of hemp-based commerce recently formalized under a new set of regulations passed by state lawmakers.
The new regulations, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in December, created a regulatory framework for hemp extract production, processing and commerce and updates the hemp permitting process and regulates the extract industry through production standards, testing and labeling.
“The passage of this legislation is of great importance to New York farmers and to our economy, and creates a nation-leading framework for growing, processing, and selling hemp products in the state,” State Sen. Jen Metzger, D-Rosendale said in an emailed statement. Metzger co-sponsored the legislation with Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Binghamton.