Hemp Bill Passes Senate with Shilling’s Support
MADISON – A bipartisan coalition of legislators, including Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), are working to strengthen the hemp growing industry in Wisconsin. Senate Bill 188, also known as the Growing Opportunities Act will help farmers, hemp processors, retailers and consumers as the industry in Wisconsin continues to grow. Senator Shilling released the following statement after the Growing Opportunities Act passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support:
“Wisconsin once led the nation in hemp production and this provides another opportunity for our local farmers to diversify their crop and boost farm revenues. This legislation is a step in the right direction to ensure that the hemp industry can continue to grow and thrive in Wisconsin.”
In 2018, the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) licensed 248 growers and 99 processors. This year, DATCP has received applications from more than 1,400 growers and more than 700 potential processors.