Domestic hemp production program announced

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue (center) toured the University of Kentucky North Hemp Research Farm in Lexington this summer.

This program, as required by the 2018 farm bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States.

“As mandated by Congress, our program requires all hemp growers to be licensed, and includes testing protocols to ensure hemp under this program is hemp – and nothing else,” Perdue said.

The rule will allow hemp to be grown under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs.

The rule includes provisions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve hemp production plans developed by states and Indian tribes including:

  • Requirements for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced.
  • Testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol.
  • Disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements.
  • Licensing requirements.

It also establishes a federal plan for hemp producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own approved hemp production plan.

“As the interim final rule, the rule becomes effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Registry,” Perdue said. “But we still want to hear from you to help us make sure the regulations meet your needs.

“That’s why the publication of the interim final rule also includes a public comment period.”

To submit comments on the Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program interim final rule, visit Regulations.gov. Comments may be submitted until Dec. 30.

Domestic hemp production program announced

Industrial hemp grows in a research field in Kentucky.

To learn more about growing hemp in Indiana, visit www.oisc.purdue.edu/hemp.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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