LAKE PARK, GA (WALB) - Georgia House Representative John Corbett is speaking out about what he expects could be a major victory for Georgia that he helped bring to fruition as a sponsor for House Bill 213.
We spoke to him about the recent signing of the Georgia Hemp Farming Act in Lake Park on Friday.
“I just know what our farmers can do here," said John Corbett, Lake Park House Representative.
Corbett, Representative for District 174, served as the Chairmen on the Hemp Farming Research Committee.
Governor Brian Kemp even mentioned Representative Corbett in a statement during the signing of the industrial hemp farming bill.
“Certainly, signing the industrial hemp act is going to give out farmers—help diversify our ag economy. I certainly appreciate Representative John Corbett’s leadership on that," said Kemp.
In return, Corbett shared that he appreciates Governor Kemp’s leadership and he’s honored that he came to Echols County to sign the bill.
“He’s the real deal, not an imitation. He’s concerned about rural Georgia. He said he’s going to keep pressing for issues that help rural Georgia," said Rep. Corbett.
An effort that he and the rest of the people of the committee assisted in, by gathering intel on the pros and cons of moving forward with this legislation.
“We met all over the state and took a trip to Kentucky to tour a farm and a processing facility. Anyway, the results of the committee, we recommend that Georgia move forward," said Corbett.
Corbett said this bill set up the framework on moving forward on being the 41st state to produce hemp farming.
“It’s just the culmination of a lot of work and I was glad to see it finally come to a bill signing," said Corbett.
He shared that he thinks Georgia farmers will be able to produce cheaper and better quality product than any other state in the nation.
Corbett said the next step is the Department of Agriculture submitting plans to the USDA.
He shared that he expects it will be about 2020 before farmers are able to get plants in the ground.