Governor Kristi Noem told reporters on Friday South Dakota isn’t ready for industrial hemp. “I would prefer we wait to see what the federal guidelines look like and make sure we have a system set up correctly,” says Noem. “I want every producer out there to know they should not be making plans to grow industrial hemp in the 2019 growing season.” Last week, the South Dakota House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted to send a bill legalizing industrial hemp to a floor vote. Noem didn’t say she would veto the bill if it came to her desk for a signature. If a bill passed, farmers wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the program until July 1. “I would like to see us put a bill together that is much more informed than what we’re able to do right now.”
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