Senate Panel Calls for Funding to Establish Industrial Hemp Seed Bank

Senates Wants to Fund Industrial Hemp Seed Bank
Image Source: Erik Fenderson Via Wikimedia Commons
May 28, 2018

A report from Tom Angell in Forbes says the Senate Appropriations Committee is calling on the federal government’s Agricultural Research Service to put aside a half-million dollars to maintain an industrial hemp seed bank.

In a report attached to legislation regarding funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its 2019 fiscal year, the Committee said it “recognizes the increasing demand for industrial hemp for a variety of uses, and its growing importance as a crop for U.S. farmers.”

The new federally funded hemp seed stockpile will reportedly be housed at the department’s Plant Genetics Research Unit in Columbia, Missouri.

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