When Industrial Hemp FA of 2011 was announced and seeking co-sponsors, I spoke with Zach, in Rep. Kurt Schrader’s DC office, who commented that there was no information suggesting Mr. Schrader would be signing onto the bill, so I have written Rep. Schrader the letter, shown at the end of this post.
If you feel that hemp is of importance to Oregon’s agricultural communities and economy at large, please add your voice by writing your own letter. You can contact Kurt at: schrader.house.gov or call his DC office at (202) 225-5711, in Salem, (503) 588-9100, toll free, at (877) 301-5878 or in Oregon City at (503) 557-1324.
Please feel free to use any of the text from my own letter in your own or as talking points for calling his office.
Thank you for your support.
Greetings, Mr. Schrader ~
I spoke with Zach, in your DC office, who informed me that there was no information to suggest you would be signing onto the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011, introduced by Ron Paul (R-TX).
I wonder if you understand what this crucial legislation would mean for Oregon’s economy.
Hemp is a $300 million+ industry in the US – WITHOUT the legal right to cultivate this valuable crop – and those numbers are climbing rapidly and consistently. Hemp is here to stay.
The myriad industrial applications of hemp are well-known, producing everything from food to fuel, paper to building materials, all without offsetting production of crucial food supply. Hemp can be planted in many fields after food crops have been harvested or in fields sitting fallow because of the danger of soil depletion.
The offset in the timber industry’s insatiable need for timber from Oregon’s forests would be significant as well. Since the Pacific Northwest is this country’s largest supplier of trees for timber and paper, hemp would go far in curbing the destruction of our valuable wild spaces and natural habitats.
There are no drawbacks to hemp. We need to get on board. Oregonians have wanted hemp for years and, in 2009, our state congress paved the way for the industry once federal support was obtained. The IHFA of 2011 will clear the road for our farmers to, once again, be at the forefront of an agricultural boom.
While a farmer’s average financial yield for an acre of corn is $25, the average yield for an acre of hemp is $200. This is important, since a significant portion of Oregon’s GDP comes from agriculture.
As an active voter and hemp advocate, I am interested in knowing what your stance is on the IHFA and whether you intend to vote for the bill. I believe this is such an important issue that you might consider holding several town hall meetings to specifically address – and inform – the public about the benefits of hemp. Since I am very well informed on the subject, I would be more than happy to speak to you personally.
I look forward to your response. Thank you for your time.