Jeanette Miller said she was promised that farmers were encouraged to use the land for Hemp and a bountiful harvest but she is now watching everything fall away. Miller, who heads the Niagara County Farm Bureau, one of New York's largest hemp farms, said farmers have spent more than $50,000 to cover the cost of growing hemp and are waiting for the end of the research phase to sell their products, including drinks, soaps, and lotions. "We should have been given a role as a research partner and sold our product", said Miller, who is also executive director of the Hemp Farmers Association of Buffalo's Hemp Growers Association, a group of hemp farmers.
"The hemp industry was built on labor", Miller said, but now it is being taken out of the picture. The new rules require small farms and businesses to invest in a 2014 federal agriculture law that allows schools and farmers to grow the plant for research purposes, and in 2018 in U.S. agricultural laws that legalize hemp production.
It is not yet clear, but Miller and other growers have many problems with the rules, the fact that processing licenses must be renewed every two years, and juicy, expensive sales permits for small and large growers and distributors make a great difference in profit margin. Miller said that if he went to five farmers' markets, had farm stalls across the country, and sold online, he would have to pay $300 for six separate retail licenses. The costs of fees and various permits have sowed doubt in the hemp crop once more.