USDA announces domestic hemp production system guidelines to be published this week



The U.S. Division of Agriculture has established the U.S. Domestic Hemp System, to generate a nationwide regulatory framework for hemp production, as expected by the 2018 Farm Bill.

The proposal involves provisions for the USDA to approve hemp production plans created by states and American Indian tribes like:

  • Needs for keeping facts on the land exactly where hemp is made.
  • Testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
  • Disposing of plants not meeting vital needs.
  • Licensing needs.
  • The federal interim final rule will also establish a program for hemp producers in states or territories that do not currently have an authorized hemp production program.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the interim rule in a press statement on Tuesday.

“We hope the potential to develop hemp will pave the way for new merchandise and markets,” Perdue mentioned in the statement.

“We have had teams operating with all hands on deck to create a regulatory framework that meets congressional intent even though searching for to supply a fair, constant and science-primarily based approach for states, tribes and person producers who want to participate in this system.”

Recommendations for sampling and testing procedures will be issued concurrently, supplying much more facts for sampling agents and hemp testing laboratories.

When published in the Federal Register later this week, the guidelines will right away grow to be productive. But the USDA will invite public comment on the interim final rule.

Soon after the USDA approves state and tribal production plans, hemp producers will be eligible for USDA applications like crop insurance coverage coverage.

This story will be updated all through the day.

Laura Drotleff can be reached at [email protected]

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