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Nowadays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the receipt of 10 pesticide applications to expand their use on hemp. The 10 requests are the outcome of the December 2018 Farm Bill provisions that removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, legalizing hemp for industrial use and production.

“EPA is taking the subsequent step toward registering crop protection tools for hemp in time for use throughout the 2020 application and expanding seasons,” stated EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “The Agency is announcing a 30-day public comment period on ten current pesticide solution applications for industrial hemp. We hope this transparent and public course of action will bring hemp farmers and researchers increased regulatory clarity in time for subsequent expanding season — some thing they have asked for due to the fact the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the legalization of industrial hemp.”

“Given the powerful financial forecasts for hemp production in the United States, it comes as no surprise that we are starting to see pesticide registrants intensify their interests in gaining crop protection approvals for use on hemp,” stated Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, assistant administrator of EPA’s Workplace of Chemical Security and Pollution Prevention at the Hemp Production Field Day at the University of Kentucky. “EPA is committed to assisting hemp growers get the tools required to assistance and boost industrial production. This step recognizes that innovation in pesticide use is important to the results of our powerful and vibrant agricultural sector.”

“I am grateful to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn for picking the University of Kentucky’s hemp field days to announce new pesticide applications for hemp,” stated Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “With about 1,000 Kentucky growers licensed to develop hemp this year, farmers require each and every tool in the toolbox to boost yields and safeguard their crops from damaging pests. This announcement proves the EPA is listening to the desires of hemp growers in Kentucky and about the nation.”

“Today’s announcement is a welcome initial step on the path to registration of protected and successful crop protection agents for a swiftly expanding hemp enterprise,” stated Dr. Bob Pearce hemp researcher at the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Meals, and Atmosphere. “My colleagues and I have currently identified a quantity of weeds, insects, and plant illnesses that pose a prospective threat to economically viable hemp production.  We will function closely with EPA to determine and evaluate finest management practices for the use of crop protection agents to assist manage pests in hemp crops.

“As one particular of the original proponents of legalizing hemp, I’ve continued to advocate for the results and development of this budding sector. I’m glad to see EPA Administrator Wheeler taking comments on pesticide applications for hemp, and I’m excited this announcement is getting created at the Hemp Production Field Day at UK. Kentucky has been and will continue to be a leader in the hemp sector, and it is been my honor to advocate for this sector due to the fact I came to the Senate in 2011,” stated Senator Rand Paul.

“I commend EPA for recognizing the significance hemp has in our nation’s agriculture economy, especially in the state of Kentucky,” stated Rep. James Comer (KY-01) “Getting these registrants authorized prior to the subsequent expanding season is a tremendous assist to our farmers. Thanks to Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn for assisting provide the essential tools our producers require to assure they have the chance to generate the finest crop.”

To assure transparency and enhance EPA’s course of action for contemplating pest management tools for the emerging American hemp sector, EPA is searching for public comment on these applications. The list of pesticides can be identified in prepublication copy of the Federal Register notice. Comments are due 30 days following the notice publishes in the Federal Register.

As soon as public comments are received, EPA anticipates deciding about the achievable use of the specified solutions on hemp ahead of the finish of 2019 to assist growers make informed acquiring alternatives for the upcoming expanding season. Moving forward, EPA will critique, approve or deny applications for use on hemp as the agency would for any other use internet site.

The enacted 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no far more than .three% on a dry-weight basis. Hence, the 2018 Farm Bill enables for expanding cultivation of hemp, but not marijuana.

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Supply: Environmental Protection Agency press release from August 21, 2019