Hemp Prospects

By: News Release
Sep 10th, 2019

The 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp production for interstate commerce nation-wide. The Iowa General Assembly has authorized the creation of a state program to regulate hemp growers.


A public information meeting to discuss the prospects for growing, processing and marketing hemp in Iowa is set for Monday, September 16, 3-5 p.m. at the Northeast Iowa Community College conference center, Peosta.


Speakers from Wisconsin will discuss their experiences with a pilot hemp program conducted there, including information on the potential environmental benefits of hemp production. They are Melody Walker of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Phillip Scott of the Wisconsin Hemp Farmers and Manufacturers Association.


Robin Pruisner of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will outline the legislation approved in Iowa and provide an update on the status of program development.


The event has been organized by State Rep. Chuck Isenhart (D-Dubuque). He is a member of the House agriculture and natural resources committees. Other legislators planning to attend include State Rep. Shannon Lundgren (R-Peosta) and State Senator Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque).