(ALGA) American Seed & Oil Company Farmer Interviewed By John Kalish of National Public Radio
The American Seed & Oil Company is intentionally cagey about the location and specifics of its current Hemp crop. It’s somewhere in Vermont where growing Hemp is legal in accordance with State law. The American Seed & Oil Company Hemp is grown by one of only 12 State licensed growers. Only 5 of the 12 licensed growers actually planted Hemp this season.
Why the secrecy? Growing Hemp is still not legal under Federal law. A Federal Bill has been drafted, but no law yet passed.
The 2014 Farm Bill includes a provision that would allow institutions of higher education and state departments of agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp. The sites used by universities and agriculture departments would need to be certified by, and registered with the respective state department of agriculture. The idea is to allow universities and agricultural departments to study industrial hemp for future commercial uses.
Fifteen states have passed laws in accordance the Farm Bill stipulations —California, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.
According to John Kalish of National Public Radio (NPR) in his recent report on the Vermont Edition of NPR, only three states are actually growing Hemp – Colorado, Kentucky and Vermont.
Listen to John Kalish’s report linked here (click image to left) and learn more about Hemp in Vermont. The American Seed and Oil Company’s farmer is interviewed by Mr. Kalish in this radio report. To protect the farmer and The American Seed & Oil Company his identity and the exact location of the Hemp crop have not been revealed.