OREGON: Oregon agriculture officials on Tuesday said they hope to have rules in place for the possibility of producing industrial hemp by the spring planting season.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has assembled a committee of policy officials and agriculture experts, including Russ Karow, head of the Oregon State University crop and soil science program, to draft rules for industrial hemp production. Jim Cramer, director of the market access and certification program area of the Department of Agriculture, said the agency’s focus is crafting “robust” rules for hemp.
The committee will hold its first public meeting in December.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer will host a public hemp forum Saturday in Portland. The Portland Democrat is one of the plant’s biggest boosters in Congress. The forum will start at 10 a.m. at the White Stag Building, 70 N.W. Couch St., in room WS 142/144. It’s scheduled to run until 11:30 a.m.