Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig recently shared his thoughts on developing Iowa’s industrial hemp production plan.

During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers approved Senate File 599, which opens the door for commercial hemp production by legalizing it as an agricultural commodity now that the federal government has removed it from the list of controlled substances.

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed it into law effective July 1. Even so, hemp cannot currently be legally grown in Iowa.

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Rod Boshart