Jefferson City, MO (06/26/2019) – On Monday, acting Governor Mike Kehoe signed Senate Bill 133. This bill contains language that will allow Universities in Missouri to plant hemp on a research basis in 2019, giving Missouri growers much needed information as they look to plant the states first hemp crop in nearly 100 years in 2020.
The Missouri Hemp Association, who spent significant time at the state capital pushing for this legislation, commended the signing. “This is great news for Missouri growers,” said MHA Executive Director Dale Ludwig. “Allowing Universities to do research during this growing season will give us vital information to have a successful crop next year.”
Senate Bill 133 also overhauls the states existing laws on hemp, bringing them up-to-date with the 2018 Farm Bill. The overhaul includes a repeal of the Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program, which placed strict limitations on hemp acres planted in Missouri.
“We are excited to see the hemp industry moving forward in Missouri,” said Ludwig. “We will be working closely with a number of universities this summer to determine genetics and production practices that are best for our area. We look forward to helping our growers succeed.”