Columbia Daily Tribune: Slow rules work crushes hemp crop hopes

The Missouri Department of Agriculture finalized rules governing an industrial hemp pilot program earlier this month, but critics argue the program is too restrictive.

A bill passed last year allowed the state to create a pilot program for industrial hemp growers. In July farmers argued the legislation did little to encourage people to grow industrial hemp because it restricted the number of growers to 40, with just 2,000 acres of industrial hemp statewide. With the department formulating rules for the program, farmers and legislators said little has changed in the state, even though last year’s farm bill legalized industrial hemp at the federal level.