The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Florida’s hemp program that will allow farmers to grow hemp in the future, marking the official start of the hemp industry in the Sunshine State.
On April 16, the Department of Agriculture announced that the hemp production plan under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program for Florida has been approved. This is an important milestone for farmers across the state who have been looking forward to starting their journey in the hemp industry.
A brighter future for Florida’s agriculture
The announcement comes to lift the spirits, as the state’s agricultural sector is in great distress due to the coronavirus outbreak that has taken the world by storm in the past few months. State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said this decision would bring a ray of hope for Floridians in such critical times.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been working intensely to draw up the new regulations. After months of hard labor, reviewing drafts, and analyzing feedback from public, growers, and industry stakeholders, the plan has finally been approved. It’s the official start of the hemp industry in Florida, as Fried herself mentioned in her statement. [Read more at South Florida Reporter]