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Apr 15, 2021
Montana Passes Bill Advancing Hemp As Animal Feed

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has signed a bill, HB 396, authorizing hemp food ingredients as commercial animal feed. This bill is a step forward for the developing U.S. hemp grain industry, opening additional markets for farmers and again establishing Montana as a key leader in production and opportunities for industrial hemp grain.

Features of this bill include:

  • Clarifying hemp seed food ingredients and substances derived from hemp are included in the definition of commercial feed.
  • Providing authority for hemp for use as commercial feed for pets, specialty pets, and horses.
  • For other livestock, effectiveness contingent upon FDA-CVM (Center for Veterinary Medicine) approval of hemp as an approved additive or defined ingredient in animal food or medicated feed for livestock.

 

HB 396 Primary Sponsor and MT House Agriculture Committee Chairman Josh Kassmier celebrates passage of the bill with Morgan and Ken Elliot of IND HEMP and Brentlee and Jacynta Bomgardner, local Fort Benton 4-H teens who testified in support of feeding hemp to their animals. Courtesy photo.

House Bill 396 was championed by IND HEMP, representing 30+ family farms raising hemp grain in Montana, in coordination with hemp lobby firm Agricultural Hemp Solutions, LLC (AgHS). This bill was passed nearly unanimously by the Montana Legislature and had active support from the Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Stockgrowers Association, and the Montana Grain Growers Association.

This bill was championed by IND HEMP, representing 30+ family farms raising hemp grain in Montana, in coordination with hemp lobby firm Agricultural Hemp Solutions, LLC (AgHS). This bill was passed nearly unanimously by the Montana Legislature and had active support from the Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Stockgrowers Association, and the Montana Grain Growers Association.

“Once again, Montana provides the right kind of leadership to get business done in these uncertain times. Leadership that is bipartisan and helps our farmers and our rural communities,” said IND HEMP Founder Ken Elliott. “In Montana, we look forward to building a nationally recognized hemp program founded on grain and fiber production and working with those farmers and businesses who work hard to make things happen.”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Josh Kassmier, HD 27, was the chief sponsor of the bill. Senate co-sponsor Tom Jacobson, SD11, led efforts on the Senate floor.




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