Rusty Rumley, senior staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center, will outline the current regulatory landscape for industrial hemp in a Sept. 18 webinar that starts at noon. There is no cost to attend the webinar.

The 2018 Farm Bill lays the foundation for the commercial production of industrial hemp in the United States. State departments of agriculture and tribal governments are currently waiting on regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under which states will create their own plans to regulate the cultivation of industrial hemp. These plans must be approved by the USDA. Understanding the new regulations and other potential hurdles are critical for the successful production of industrial hemp in the United States.

Rumley will highlight any new USDA regulations if they are issued by the time of the webinar.

The global market for industrial hemp consists of more than 25,000 products, according to the Congressional Research Service, including textiles, recycling, food and beverages and cannabidiol, better known as CBD.

“Industrial hemp is a rapidly growing segment of the agricultural sector in many states and the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill will further benefit the new industry,” Rumley said in the UA Division of Agriculture release. “There are myriad challenges going forward that will need to be addressed such as the ability to sell direct to consumers, issues with crop insurance, the use of pesticides and the legal status of CBD.”

Those interested can register online at: http://bit.ly/2Ztzl1r

For more information on upcoming webinars, visit nationalaglawcenter.org.

The National Agricultural Law Center with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.

The Ag Law Center is also a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.