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Zoom speakers urged farmers to have a buyer before they grow their crop, but that is not as easy as it sounds, according to attorney Scheril Murray Powell. That’s because the hemp industry is in its infancy and buyers want to know they are getting a consistent crop. “It’s not that easy to know where you’re selling it,” said Powell, who is a hemp advocate as well as a farmer. She said that rules for whether hemp from out of state can be sold, whether hemp can be used for human consumption or whether it can be used in pet products vary from state to state. Most states have fewer restrictions for hemp being grown for paper, construction or textiles made from hemp fiber, she said. Maryland, for example, just updated its hemp regulations on Oct. 30. “Hemp is an emerging agricultural commodity that presents a new opportunity for farmers looking to diversify their operations,” said Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder check this site out in an Oct. 30 press release. “We have seen significant interest in the first two years of the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program and we are excited to expand the state’s hemp industry with the new Hemp Farming Program.” Under the new Hemp Farming Program, growers may apply to produce and cultivate hemp for commercial purposes. In previous years, Maryland growers have only been able to produce hemp under the department’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.