November 19, 2014

Tennessee Farmers Are Stoked About Planting Hemp, But Not About Following The Rules

Nashville Public Radio
Some farmers are chafing at Tennessee’s tight regulation of hemp, sounding off at a hearing on the rules held by the Agriculture Department Tuesday.

The legislature dropped a decades-long ban on hemp production this year in an effort to revive an old Tennessee cash crop, but lawmakers left the finer details to the department, which hopes to finalize the rules in time for the first crops to go in the ground this spring.

While farmers like Linda Albright of Williamson County cheered when the state opened up hemp production, they aren’t used to this kind of oversight.

“We’ve been growing tobacco and corn and soy and all of this for years and years,” she said. “We’ve never had to apply for a license to grow it.”

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