As you may know, the federal 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed by the President authorizes states to create regulations governing the production of hemp. Now, before industrial hemp can become legal to grow or cultivate in the State of Texas, the Texas Legislature must pass laws to establish these regulations.  This includes making changes to state statute so agencies can establish administrative rules before hemp production can begin. 

The Texas Legislature will likely address decriminalizing hemp and removing it as a controlled substance from the Texas Penal Code.  It will also have to authorize a state agency to operate the program, most likely the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).  Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is a strong supporter of industrial hemp production as a new market opportunity for Texas farmers to expand their operations and grow alternative crops.  Once authorized by the Legislature, TDA will create rules regarding licensing, production, testing, seed certification and other oversight as necessary.

The 86th Session of the Texas Legislature begins January 7th. Currently, legislators have already pre-filed bills related to hemp. Commissioner Miller and TDA will continue to monitor that legislation and work with all stakeholders to insure the needs of our farmers and ranchers are met.

For updates on legislative actions or to share your opinions regarding hemp, you may also contact your local state senator or representative. You can find a list of who represents you at the link to the right.

Please stay tuned to this page for updates on this issue.

Helpful Information
H.R. 2
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
(Farm Bill)

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TDA Press Release