Updated: Jan 18, 2019
In 1996, Andrew Graves introduced a resolution calling for research that could lead to the reintroduction of hemp into the American farm economy at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in Reno, Nevado on January 10. Graves went to the Reno AFB meeting with endorsements by the Kentucky and Colorado Farm Bureau state meetings, but with little hope of getting national support. But he said the convention listened to him for five minutes and voted unanimously for the resolution. "They didn't even ask any questions."
The resolution, adopted by a unanimous vote of the state Farm Bureau and all 300 voting convention delegates, stated:
"We recommend that American Farm Bureau Federation encourage research into the viability and economic potential of industrial hemp production in the United States. We further recommend that such research includes planting test plots in the United States using modern agricultural techniques."