RD236 - Report on the Industrial Hemp Industry Development Work Group

Executive Summary:

As required by Chapter 745 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) convened the Virginia Industrial Hemp Industry Development Work Group (Work Group) to assess the opportunities for development and manufacturing in the industrial hemp industry. Through several presentations from industry leaders on the national and state level during three meetings, the Work Group considered federal and state requirements; key drivers and challenges; anticipated job growth and wage expectations; talent and skill requirements; site and building needs; and manufacturing companies and supply chain requirements.