Hemp (123RF) 9406271 View larger image The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approval to administer hemp production on its lands. If approved, the plan could help create jobs in the hemp business to fill employment gaps caused by the recent closure of tribal run entities.
Warm Springs is one of 11 tribes listed on the USDA website to have a hemp plan under review. Oregon is also listed as one of several states that also has an application under review.
The number of hemp farms has soared since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which clarified the regulatory framework for businesses working in the hemp industry. Hemp oil is now making its way into all manner of everyday products, from dog food and beverages to creams promising arthritis relief.
The industrial hemp market is expected to grow from $4.6 billion in 2019 to $26.6 billion by 2025, according to a report published in June by MarketsandMarkets, a market research and consulting firm.
A hemp farm would add badly needed jobs in Warm Springs, which was hard hit by the closure of the Kah-Nee-Ta resort a year ago, ending the jobs of around 150 workers. That followed the 2016 closure of the reservation-owned timber mill, where 85 jobs were lost.
Warm Springs Ventures — the economic development arm for the tribe — declined to comment for this story on the specifics of the plan submitted to the USDA.
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