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The recent Farm Bill provision for hemp research and pilot programs has sparked national media awareness and conversation about hemp.

But what's preventing the U.S. from fully joining more than 30 other industrialized nations that allow its farmers to grow this beneficial crop?

A screening of the award-winning documentary film 'Bringing It Home' followed by a discussion will be hosted by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute at 6:30 p.m. June 9, at The Big Brown Barn, W2493 County Highway ES, East Troy.

Admission is free and samples of hemp products will be available at no cost.

More industrial hemp fiber, seed and oil is exported to the U.S. than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $620 million in hemp products annually.

Despite hemp's growing popularity, current federal policy still places a barrier for U.S. farmers from widely growing this nutritious, versatile, and eco-friendly crop.

'Bringing It Home' explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by exploring its history, industries and current farming legalization efforts.

Filmmakers Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson were inspired by environmentally-conscious home designer Anthony Brenner's story to find the healthiest building material available to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter Bailey, who has a sensitivity to synthetic chemicals.

Brenner received national media attention when he and Hemp Technologies completed 'America's First Hemp House' for the former mayor of Asheville, NC. Booker and Johnson tell the story of hemp through animation, archival images and footage they filmed with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs like Brenner in England, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina.

The screening of 'Bringing It Home' in East Troy is part of a national grassroots screening tour across the country, 'We made 'Bringing It Home' with the intention of reaching a broad spectrum of viewers — from policy makers and civic groups, to farmers and health advocates, from consumers to the construction industry — with the same strategic message about how hemp offers solutions and hope,' says Director Linda Booker.

The documentary aims to magnify dialogue and legislative action about hemp in order to facilitate America's transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.

About Michael Fields

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is hosting the film as part of its mission to nurture the ecological, social, and economic resiliency of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development.

To reserve seats go to www.michaelfields.org or contact Molly 262-642-3303 ext 124 or mroamer@michaelfields.org.

For more information about the film: www.bringingithomemovie.com.

Hemp History Week, June 6-12, is a national grassroots and retailer education campaign designed to amplify support for hemp farming in the U.S., featuring over 1,000 events in cities and towns throughout all 50 states. More information and a new promotional video for the campaign are available at: www.hemphistoryweek.com

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