I am contacting you with regard to the legalization of Industrial Hemp. The state of Kansas is in a very serious economical downfall, resulting in a budget deficient that has come to be a very big issue with many Kansans. In comparison the Kansas farmer is in much the same way, an economic downturn and a budget deficient that not many people realize. The farming downturn is probably here to stay as production rates (yields) stay high and consumption is down and Kansas having an economy that is nearly 50 percent agriculture based it would seem that an alternative crop that is not affected by the conventional markets would be something to consider, farmers at current prices will be unable to even pay their property taxes.
Industrial hemp is new to the country at present, though it wasn’t during WWII as a demand was needed for clothing, rope and parachutes.
Today’s modern Hemp industry has thousands of uses with many more to come when and if a legalization move becomes reality this will push large employment in the areas of research and development of all hemp related products and manufacturing. Kansas’s own AGCO located in Hesston would be in a perfect position to begin R&D on harvesting equipment that could be used worldwide, I believe that present processes are old technology and the great innovators of the United States have not showed any interest in research and I feel we are just seeing the beginning and Kansas could be the epicenter of the industry.
I understand that a move on Hemp at this time will not affect the present budget problems in this state today, but a move today might forever fix the economy and eliminate any budget problems in 2-3 years and the future.
Rock Gagnebin, Reno County