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 U.S. Hemp Roundtable celebrates three years of success, the organization has set forth ambitious goals to strengthen the hemp industry with the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill. To learn more about what this could mean for farmers and consumers, we spoke with Jonathan Miller, the organization’s Chief Finance Officer and General Counsel, to get the inside scoop.

1. Advancing the Hemp Industry: A Look at the 2023 Farm Bill

The 2023 Farm Bill presents significant advances for the blossoming hemp industry. Supporting hemp’s strength as an agricultural commodity, the bill mandates a gradual expansion of the scope of hemp-based businesses, from hemp production to research and development, processing, and manufacturing.

From the producer’s perspective, the bill clarifies stringent legal restrictions concerning hemp production, regulating essential processes to ensure safe crop growth and harvest. This includes:

  • Ensuring hemp cultivators and producers are compliant with applicable environmental regulations
  • Monitoring of crop growth, harvest, and post harvest processes via a third-party lab
  • The ability to apply for loans and other forms of financial aid

For processors, manufacturers, and marketers, the Farm Bill promotes transparency and trustworthiness in the hemp industry, by enabling public companies to interact with private companies. It also determines the oversight of marketing and production practices, placing limits on the kinds of hemp-based products that can be produced and sold.

2. Unlocking Hemp’s Potential: An Interview With Jonathan Miller of US Hemp Roundtable

Hemp has the potential to be a transformative crop for farmers, businesses, and the entire US economy. On this episode of the Green Growth podcast, we are joined by Jonathan Miller of the US Hemp Roundtable to learn more about how hemp cultivation can benefit our country.

Jonathan discusses the legal landscape of hemp—which is still being redefined thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill—and what the regulations mean for American farmers looking to get into the hemp industry. He discusses the importance of sustainable and responsible farming practices in producing high-quality hemp. Jonathan also provides an overview of some of the uses of hemp, beyond simply being used as a textiles crop.

  • What regulations are in place for hemp cultivation
  • The advantages of hemp compared to other crops
  • How hemp can be used beyond textiles

3. Harnessing Hemp’s Benefits – The Future of the US Hemp Industry

The US hemp industry is experiencing a new dawn, with increasingly more opportunities for farmers, investors and consumers. Hemp is a versatile and sustainable crop with a range of potential products, from food to cosmetics. Hemp has been made legal across much of the country, and the US stands to gain from harnessing its many benefits.

The medical benefits of hemp are increasingly being recognised and proven. Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from hemp, and has been linked to pain relief, anti-inflammatory properties, and even treatment for certain ailments. Hemp farming is also environmentally friendly – it does not require pesticides or fertilisers, absorbs carbon from the air as part of its growth, and takes fewer resources to produce compared to other fibres.

  • Hemp PRODUCTS: Hemp can be used for a wide range of products, from paper to rope, clothes to bioplastics.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Hemp farming does not require pesticides or fertilisers, and is more sustainable than most other crops.
  • MEDICAL BENEFITS: Hemp derivatives, such as Cannabidiol, have been linked to pain relief, anti-inflammatory properties, and even treatment for certain illnesses.

The US hemp industry is on the rise, with more potential than ever before for farmers, producers and consumers. The benefits of hemp are clear, and the industry looks set to become increasingly important in the US economy and beyond in the coming years.

4. Creating Change: The Achievements of the US Hemp Roundtable

Leveraging the Power of Hemp Through Collaboration: The US Hemp Roundtable has achieved considerable success due to its commitment to collaboration. More than forty hemp-related associations, organizations and companies have joined forces to shape and implement a policy agenda that is accelerating the development of hemp-related industries.

Through their unified efforts, the organization has facilitated essential changes to federal and state laws that support the growth of the hemp industry. Their initiatives have gone a long way in creating a favorable atmosphere for businesses involved in hemp production and consumers. Some of the Roundtable’s noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • Uniting stakeholders across the hemp industry to form the Congressional Bipartisan Hemp Caucus.
  • Educating the public about the potential benefits of hemp-based products.
  • Working with the FDA to improve hemp-food regulations.
  • Advocating for industrial hemp farmers, processors and consumers.
  • Lobbying against restrictive regulations.

The US Hemp Roundtable has accomplished much, but there is still a great deal to do for the hemp industry. The Roundtable is committed to working with the government, the media, business leaders, and the public in order to overcome remaining hurdles and increase the use of hemp-based products. Their dedication to driving hemp-related growth and enacting meaningful change is inspiring.

As the hemp farming industry continues to grow, there is much to be excited about in the coming years. With organizations like the US Hemp Roundtable sharing strategic goals, and with industry leaders like Jonathan Miller steering the conversation, the 2023 Farm Bill promises to be a pivotal moment for hemp farmers both in America and around the world. It is sure to be an exciting time.


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