US Hemp Roundtable shares goals for 2023 Farm Bill: Q&A with Jonathan Miller

US Hemp Roundtable shares goals for 2023 Farm Bill: Q&A with Jonathan Miller

As the hemp industry continues to rapidly grow, the US Hemp Roundtable is driven to provide a unified voice and a collective agenda for policymakers and American farmers. With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp cultivation and sale was officially legalized in the US. It’s now time to look forward, and the US Hemp Roundtable has some exciting plans for the 2023 Farm Bill. To discuss these plans, US Hemp Roundtable’s legal counsel Jonathan Miller was kind enough to answer a few questions about the organization’s goals for the upcoming bill.

1. “Creating a Greener Future: US Hemp Roundtable’s Farm Bill Goals for 2023”

Advocating for Hemp Reclassification
The US Hemp Roundtable is aiming to see hemp de-scheduled and reclassified as an agricultural commodity in 2023. This is a priority in the roundtable’s farm bill goals, as they are working with Congress to support better regulation of the crop. With hemp being treated the same way as other crops, the Roundtable hopes that farmers will be able to access traditional agricultural assistance, such as crop insurance, and other programs from the USDA and Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Harnessing Hemp’s Green Potential
Hemp has the potential to fuel a green economy, and the US Hemp Roundtable is taking the lead in advocating for hemp to contribute to economic development and environmental protection. The Roundtable is working with the USDA and FSA on initiatives to promote soil health. They are also advocating for hemp to have the lowest levels of pesticides and fertilizers, to minimize adverse impacts on the environment. Additionally, the Roundtable is helping farmers find alternatives to traditional fuel sources, such as biodiesel powered by hemp oil, to reduce carbon emissions.

2. “Spearheading Change: An Interview with Hemp Roundtable’s Jonathan Miller”

Continuously Driving Change with Hemp Roundtable

Jonathan Miller is no new face to the hemp industry. He’s been a leading champion for the crop’s continued growth, serving as the chairman of the Hemp Roundtable for the past 7 years. We had the pleasure of speaking to him recently about the dynamic changes taking place in the hemp market.

The Hemp Roundtable, under Jonathan Miller’s helm, has played a vital role in driving hemp’s evolution. Its list of accomplishments is long, landmark achievements include:

  • Spearheading the government legalization of hemp, allowing farmers to cultivate and process the crop on a commercial level.
  • Collaborating with other hemp organizations to coordinate consistent regulation across all states.
  • Monitoring Congress to ensure hemp remains appropriately classified and its industry requirements are adapted for future growth.

Jonathan believes it’s vital for the Hemp Roundtable to stay actively engaged in the movement for hemp’s continued growth, commenting that, “Making sure this industry survives will empower generations into the future. We are still in the early stages of growth and have a tremendous opportunity to shape its future.”
He’s confident the hemp industry has great potential for growth and that if the right measures are implemented, will become a driving force of the next industrial age.

3. “Modernizing U.S. Hemp Policy: Regulation Approaches and Snags”

Hemp Production in the US
In the United States, the cultivation of hemp was once at the center of its economic and biological history. More recently, hemp production has dwindled to near extinction due to legal changes and regulations preventing the cultivation of hemp for commercial use. To revive the industry, modernizing the US hemp policy is essential.

Regulatory Restrictions and Modernization Approaches
The US has a web of existing regulations that make it difficult to commercially cultivate hemp. Businesses looking to enter the market must comply with legislative policies and states or tribal governments may have additional restrictions that must be met. To effectively modernize the policy, three strategies must be employed:

  • Educating policy makers on the economic impacts of modernizing hemp regulations
  • Working with tribal and state governments to create consistent policy frameworks
  • Creating dedicated resources to monitor and enforce modernized hemp regulations

However, there are secondary challenges to face when modernizing hemp policy as well. Since cannabis and hemp are so closely intertwined, it can be difficult to separate how the regulations should be implemented. Additionally, hemp has been heavily stigmatized in the US since its prohibition, and there is still some cultural stigma to overcome when reintroducing hemp as an agriculture product.

4. “Shifting the Landscape: What’s Next for the Hemp and CBD Industries?

The hemp and CBD industry has experienced remarkable growth over the past several years, and as the industry matures, it’s only natural to wonder – what’s next? Despite government regulations and limitations imposed, there’s still plenty of potential for the hemp and CBD industry to grow.

Here are some of the changes we’re likely to see in the hemp and CBD industries in the near future:

  • A rise in hemp and CBD investment opportunities as more entrepreneurs enter the market.
  • A greater availability of medical formulations and consumables.
  • More research into the efficacy of hemp and CBD products.
  • New regulations, consumer protection, and safety standards.
  • Growth of various hemp and CBD-based businesses, such as consultants, developers, and marketing firms.

The hemp and CBD industries are already making waves, and they’re about to make even bigger ones. With more research and regulation, we may start to see hemp and CBD products become more commonplace in the near future. This could potentially mean better access and more affordable prices, enabling more people to enjoy the many benefits of these natural resources.

As we continue to navigate the ever-shifting landscape of U.S. hemp laws, it’s reassuring to have an organization like the U.S. Hemp Roundtable to provide information and direction. Jonathan Miller’s insight into their twenty-twenty-three goals for the Farm Bill has shone a light on the effort and energy that goes into advancing hemp policy and legislation. With the support of organizations like the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, a brighter future is definitely in the works for hemp and the industry that supports it.


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