Idaho Farm Bureau supports Hemp bill

Idaho Farm Bureau pushes Hemp bill
Posted at 10:28 PM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 00:28:13-05

BOISE — A bill in the Idaho house would legalize hemp.
And if you ask its biggest supporter -- it has a good chance of passing.
That's because Idaho is an agricultural state ...
And the Idaho Farm Bureau...wants it.
Some Idaho farmers have a serious hankerin for hemp.
"The farmers that are interested in it are really interested in it," says Sean Ellis with the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, "We're going to support this bill."
Now that hemp is legal at the federal level, the race is on to see who can grow the crop the best.
"It's like a race to the top and Idaho hasn't even left the starting line yet," adds Ellis.
But nothing gets you running like the potential for a lot of money, which could be available if Idaho legalizes hemp. Although ellis says nowhere near the 30 to 40 thousand dollars an acre some people predict.
Even if it is a big money maker initially, Ellis says the next year, everyone will be growing, and the price will come down. Still it could be a good crop for farmers to rotate in. So what are the chances it's legalized? Lets just say, it's not wise to bet against the Farm Bureau.
"About 90 percent of the bills we take a stand on we get our way on," says Ellis.
The bill was introduced Friday and just got printed.
So, next is a public hearing in committee.