Hemp farmers in Maine are receiving an chance to talk about the new hemp regulations with a representative of the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) thanks to a member of Congress who nudged the agency to get the guidelines out.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is playing host to a roundtable Monday at a Maine farm exactly where the owners lost their insurance coverage policy and bank accounts earlier this year since of federal uncertainty about hemp.
Throughout the two-hour occasion, Pingree will seek feedback from hemp growers and state regulators in Maine to inform her comments for the USDA’s formal public comment period that ends Dec. 30.
The meeting will be held at Sheepscot Common Retailer and Farm in Whitefield, owned by Ben and Taryn Marcus. The farmers began a choose-your-personal-hemp model in the fall but then lost their accounts, which attracted the congresswoman’s consideration.
Pingree applied the farm’s instance in co-sponsoring the Safe and Fair Enforcement (Protected) Banking Act, which passed the U.S. Residence with bipartisan help and at present awaits action in the Senate.
In addition to Pingree and hemp farmers, the meeting Monday will involve representatives from the workplace of Maine Rep. Jared Golden, also a Democrat, as properly as a USDA representative who was not identified.
Pingree and Golden, each Democrats, sent a joint letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in October urging him to release the hemp regulations.
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