The farm bill passed earlier this year is big news for advocates of hemp. New rules differentiate industrial hemp from its cousin, marijuana, and pave the way for research on the plant. Hemp is still considered a controlled substance by federal regulators. But some states are giving farmers the chance to experiment.
Author Doug Fine believes the U.S. is on the brink of a hemp boom. And he writes about it in his new book, Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution that explores the economic potential of industrial hemp in the U.S. He spoke with Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon for this story.