Tehama County farmers will now have the option to add industrial hemp to their crops after the Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance regulating the growing industrial hemp in the county.
KRCR spoke to Agricultural Commissioner Doni Rulofson and she said this will open a new market for Tehama County farmers.
She said they are allowing for it to be grown, but it must be under state and federal regulations.
Rulofson said industrial hemp is a cannabis product that is at or under 0.3% THC. She added all farmers who are interested will need to follow all regulations for harvesting and sampling before they take the product to market.
With this new product, they have placed a buffer zone for farmers, saying the product must be grown at least 300 feet away from any residence and they must plant at least 1/10 of an acre.
"Industrial hemp was approved by the federal government as an agricultural commodity through the farm bill," Rulofson said. "There are counties around us that are already growing industrial hemp following state and federal regulations and laws. It's an opportunity for our growers to have another option in their AG commodity growing."
She said the ordinance will go into effect and farmers can begin the process on February 5.
Growers must first register with the Tehama County Agricultural Commissioners Office and the California Department of Agriculture before beginning to plant industrial hemp in Tehama County.
For any questions regarding growing industrial hemp, Rulofson said to call the Tehama County Agricultural Commissioners Office.