STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2018) – State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) joined President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House this week for the signing of the federal farm bill.
According to Lehe, omnibus farm bills are passed roughly every five years and include legislation impacting farmers across the country. The bill signed this year legalized the production of industrial hemp, which Lehe studied as the chair of the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“By distinguishing the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp, we can now begin taking steps to produce industrial hemp in Indiana,” Lehe said. “Since the seeds and fibers of the plant can be used in a variety of ways, this is great news for Hoosier farmers looking to expand into new markets.”
According to Lehe, the farm bill also provides funding for federal food assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Lehe said the Indiana General Assembly will still need legislation to create the proper infrastructure for industrial hemp production, such as licensing for crop growth and distribution, and inspection and oversight guidelines.
State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) represents House District 25, which
includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties.
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CAPTION: (Left to right) Vice President Mike Pence, State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) attend the federal farm bill signing Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at the White House in Washington, D.C. The bill legalized the production of industrial hemp, which allows states to begin taking steps to produce the crop.