In continued support of the Industrial Hemp Amendment to the Farm Bill and support of Hemp History Week, our CEO Mike Fata, sent the below letter direct to North Dakoka Senator’s offices. Mike has also sent letters to Minnesota and Montana Senators.
RE: Production contracts waiting for your farmers - support & vote for the Industrial Hemp Amendment to the Farm Bill.
I am writing as the Co-Founder and CEO of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods. Working with farmers, researchers, and government officials, my co-founders and I helped get Industrial Hemp legalized in Canada back in 1998. Today, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods is the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make, and sell our own brand of hemp food products.
Manitoba Harvest has proven market success. Manitoba Harvest products are found in such retailers like Costco and Whole Foods Markets. As hemp foods move from taboo to trendy, we need to source more hemp seed to meet the amplifying demand. We have shown Western Canadian farmers that hemp is a viable ‘cash crop.’ Comparing seed and input costs, farmers who sign production contracts with Manitoba Harvest walk away with returns similar to other competitive crops.When farmers sign a production contract, they are also guaranteed delivery of their crop. Perhaps the most valuable aspect of partnering with Manitoba Harvest is our ongoing farmer support and education. Manitoba Harvest has a designated team to help educate and answer any questions our farmer partners have. We have the experience and expertise to help guide your farming constituents through the process of growing hemp for the first time.
Manitoba Harvest is eager to partner with your constituents and has hemp production contracts waiting. Depriving North Dakota farmers of an income opportunity that their northern neighbors have is suppressing economic development.We need you to support & vote for Senator Mitch McConnell’s Industrial Hemp Amendment to the Farm Bill. The language is the same as S. 359, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. This amendment would allow farmers in the U.S. to once again have the opportunity to grow this profitable agricultural crop. The text of S. 359 is available from THOMAS: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.112s3501.
If you or your staff would like to learn more about this agricultural issue, please read the latest version of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) report “Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity” is dated March 21, 2013 and has the order code RL32725. The report can be ordered from the CRS or it can be downloaded from the National Agricultural Law Center at: http://nationalaglawcenter.org/assets/crs/RL32725.pdf.
To date, 31 states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and nineteen have passed pro-hemp legislation; nine states (Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia) have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production. Passage of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 would finally allow these states to choose whether or not to let farmers grow industrial hemp.
Again, Manitoba Harvest is eager to partner with your constituents and has hemp production contracts waiting. Please support and vote for the Industrial Hemp Amendment to the Farm Bill.
If you have any questions, I would love to discuss further with you.
CEO & Co-Founder
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods