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Ag Department Taking Comments On Hemp Growing Rules

Statewide Iowa — Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says the department is now taking public comments on the state’s proposed hemp production regulations.

Naig says they’ve received a lot of questions already about industrial hemp.

The proposed administrative rules will regulate the planting, growing and harvesting of commercial hemp.

Comments on the proposes rules will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on January 22nd. It is not legal to grow, possess, buy or sell hemp in Iowa until the U-S-D-A approves the state plan. Naig says hemp isn’t the only crop he sees as an opportunity for ag diversification in 2020.

He says growing food for regional use has a lot of things that make it attractive.

To read Iowa’s proposed hemp administrative rules, go to the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s website at: