A bill to legalize hemp in South Dakota is expected to get more attention in the Senate this week. Funding is a hurdle and South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke says the state is behind. “You hear the horror stories of course about growing hemp, but more and more you hear about farmers moving forward slowly in adapting it. South Dakota farmers are optimistic about this crop.” Sombke says Governor Noem is still trying to come around on the costs of the program. “She wants $3.5 million for the project and everyone knows we won’t need that much for the first few years. Once we get to realistic numbers, I think it will be ok. I’m confident our legislators will see us through this.”
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