We are very excited to start planning for the 2018 growing season!
As we move forward with beginning the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- The Arkansas State Plant Board will be issuing their draft of the Rules and Regulations for the 2018 season sometime in the near future – this date has yet to be announced, but will be posted here upon its release. The Rules and Regulations will be open to public comment and will discussed at a public hearing.
- Remember that the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act sets up a research pilot program (to read the full bill, see the Policy section on this website). Therefor, anyone wanting to participate in the program must take a research based approach and answer some question(s) that further the knowledge about industrial hemp (agronomy, processing, market, consumer demand, etc…). For more details on what is going on in the hemp research realm, see the Science section of this website.
- Collaboration is the only way that this industry will be successful upon launching. If you are wanting to get involved in the hemp industry, make sure you are collaborating with other people in the planning process. Who will provide certified hemp seeds? Who will process raw materials? How will products reach the market? Having the answers to these questions will increase your chance of being involved with the 2018 season.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions/concerns (see the Contact Us) section of the website.