Immediately following Gov. Mike DeWine signing Senate Bill 57 into law, the Ohio Department of Agriculture began working on rules for growing industrial hemp in the Buckeye State.

One of the first steps in setting policies for the new crop was a request from ODA to the state’s controlling board for $12 million to build hemp testing labs and fill those labs with specialists and technicians to test hemp plants before
processing them for market.

The governor said he is unsure just how many farmers would decide to plant the crop in 2020 and beyond, saying that it will all hinge on a free market system.

“This is a decision that farmers will have to make, like any crop they grow, based on what they think is in their best interests, if they think they can grow it and if they think they can sell it,” DeWine said.

Over the coming months, guidelines laid out by ODA will go through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) process to ensure the recommended rules do not exceed the rule-making authority granted to them by the General Assembly, which may take up to six months.

Look for an in-depth look at the hemp industry in neighboring Kentucky and read about the agronomics of the crop in the next Our Ohio magazine.

(Editor’s Note: The Ohio Department of Agriculture Hemp Program will begin accepting license applications from potential cultivators and processors for the 2020 growing season on March 3 at noon. All cultivators and processors are required to obtain a license and can apply online at
at that time.)

Farm Bureau is an incredible organization that has given me countless professional development opportunities in addition to advocating for all sizes and types of farmers.
Shana Angel's avatar
Shana Angel

Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau

If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington, D.C.
Austin Heil's avatar
Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
Through its policies it brings together people in the agricultural community and invests in building vibrant communities that support agriculture.
Eric Bernstein 's avatar
Eric Bernstein

Wyandot County Farm Bureau

Future employees, leaders
If you have issues with local planning or have legal questions, someone at the Farm Bureau has the answer for you, or they’ll connect you with someone who does.
Gayle Hansen's avatar
Gayle Hansen

Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau

Hansen's Greenhouse
As a member of Farm Bureau, I am glad that this organization takes action when necessary to protect and advance agriculture.
Mary Smallsreed's avatar
Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Policy Development
We go to a lot of Farm Bureau events, and there’s a lot of camaraderie built because you’re meeting with people who have similar interests and goals.
Andy Hollenback's avatar
Andy Hollenback

Licking County Farm Bureau

Event Calendar
Suggested Tags: