Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that permits Iowa farmers to legally develop industrial hemp.

The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Legislature with overwhelming help final month.

The bill Reynolds signed Monday permits licensed growers to cultivate the crop on up to 40 acres. Very first, nonetheless, the Iowa Division of Agriculture and Land Stewardship should create a program and submit it for approval of the U.S. Division of Agriculture.

The USDA should nonetheless release its personal regulations this fall, with hopes of enabling farmers to develop hemp subsequent year.

Considering that the 2018 Farm Bill eased federal restrictions on hemp production, most states have either legalized production or are increasing it beneath a 2014 law that permits restricted industrial production or investigation plots.

Amongst these that haven’t is South Dakota, exactly where the governor vetoed such a law final month.

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