Last week, the Governor’s office convened the state’s first-ever Industrial Hemp Summit in Ithaca “to build on the momentum of the region’s growing agriculture industry.”

Several state actions were announced at the event, including allowing private entities to operate hemp research sites, and increasing the number of such facilities from 4 to 10; seeking a US Drug Enforcement Agency permit to import seed and establish a seed distribution site for international imports; establishing a Hemp Technical Team to support optimal growing and processing of industrial hemp; and creating a Hemp Working Group to strengthen the hemp industry in the state.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“Industrial hemp has tremendous potential to grow manufacturing, support the creation of new jobs and boost the profitability of farms across New York. By eliminating barriers and expanding research and development for both businesses and farms, New York will capitalize on this emerging crop to continue to move this region and this state forward.”

Industrial hemp holds enormous economic potential for New York’s agricultural industry. At a time when many farmers throughout the state are struggling to operate successfully in a global marketplace, industrial hemp could provide another commodity for agriculture to expand and produce.