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The National Feed Consortium (NFC) is a post partisan organization comprised of hemp businesses and thought leaders working together to advance policies that address the global animal feed shortage. NFC advocates for authorizing industrial hemp grain and fiber (hereinafter "hemp") for use as ingredients in animal feed and bedding in the United States. Hemp provides the best available solution to alleviating the hardships U.S. farmers and consumers are facing due to the feed shortage, while greatly benefiting the U.S. economy and environment. 


NFC proposes policymakers start authorizing hemp for use as feed ingredients for animals not intended for human consumption e (e.g. pets; specialty pets; exotic pets; ornamental fish; horses; livestock not intended for human consumption). Feed for livestock intended for human consumption would continue to require FDA-CVM approval to ensure all safety standards are met. 

The global feed shortage is creating unprecedented competition for feed sources. Animal feed is becoming so expensive it's upending global trade flows. Absent action from policymakers, consumers will feel it soon in increased prices.

This proposal furthers the development of feed regulations and does not avoid them. Authorizing hemp as feed for non-production animals will enable U.S. regulators and industry stakeholders the opportunity to fully study its effects, fund additional research and develop long-term regulations based on sound science.

Why hemp?

Hemp is a superfood! Hemp has all the nutritional traits of other grains used for animal feed and then some. It is richer in nutrients than many compounds consumed by livestock. Hemp feed is high in protein, contains high Abundance of hemp in the United States. There are millions of pounds of hemp grown over the past two years are bagged and ready for sale.

What are the additional benefits of hemp as animal feed and bedding?

Dual cost benefit. Use of domestic hemp for feed enables U.S. farmers to directly support U.S. ranchers while keeping food costs for consumers low.

Drought resistant. Hemp needs little water, and therefore requires far less irrigation than corn, wheat or soybeans.

Increase U.S. competitiveness against global competitors. China currently exports over 60% of the world's industrial hemp. In a struggle to meet traditional feed demand, many American operators are importing vast quantities of feed grain.

Dispelling common hemp feed myths

Hemp feed is not marijuana, cannabinoids, or even CBD. While hemp has long been associated with its psychoactive cousin, marijuana, industrial hemp has none of the psychoactive traits. Under U.S. law, hemp cannot contain more than 0.3% THC (the compound most associated with getting a person "high"). Animal feed comes from hemp grain and fiber and not from cannabinoid or CBD hemp.

Yes, hemp has been found safe for consumption. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration evaluated and recognized hemp seed oil, hemp hearts, and protein powder as "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS) for human consumption.

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