This morning, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Plan. The plan, as stipulated by Congress in the 2018 Farm Bill, will establish a regulatory framework for hemp production in the nation.
Secretary Perdue created the announcement in a YouTube video titled “USDA’s Hemp Policy.” Later in the week, an interim final rule formalizing the plan will be published in the Federal Register, according to the USDA’s web-site. “The rule involves provisions for the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) to approve hemp production plans created by states and Indian tribes such as: specifications for sustaining information and facts on the land exactly where hemp is made testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol disposing of plants not meeting important specifications and licensing specifications,” reads the press release. “It also establishes a federal program for hemp producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their personal authorized hemp production program.” The interim final rule will go into impact as quickly as it is published in the Federal Register, which really should be by the finish of this week.
You can uncover a preview of the rule right here. The agency has also created suggestions for sampling and testing procedures, which you can uncover right here. These documents are meant to supply much more information and facts for hemp testing laboratories.
You can watch the YouTube video and study the announcement he created under:
Hello every person, as I travel across this wonderful nation of ours, I hear a lot about a sturdy interest in a new financial chance for America’s farmers: the production of hemp. Which is why currently I am pleased to announce the USDA has published the rule establishing the US domestic hemp production plan. We stated we’d get it performed in time for producers to make arranging choices for 2020 and we followed by way of. We have had teams operating with all hands-on-deck to create a regulatory framework that meets Congressional intent though searching for to supply a fair, constant and science-primarily based procedure for states, tribes, and person producers who want to participate in this plan. As mandated by Congress, our plan demands all hemp growers to be licensed and involves testing protocols to make sure that hemp grown below this plan is hemp and nothing at all else. The USDA has also worked to supply licensed growers access to loans and danger management goods offered for other crops. As the interim final rule, the rule becomes efficient right away upon publication in the federal register. But we nonetheless want to hear from you. Aid us make confident the regulations meet your demands. That is why the publication of the interim final rule also involves a public comment period continuing a complete and transparent rulemaking procedure that began with a hemp listening session all the way back in March 2019. At USDA, we are generally excited when there are new financial possibilities for our farmers and we hope the capability to develop hemp will pave the way for new goods and markets. And I encourage all producers to take the time to completely educate themselves on the processes, specifications and danger that come with any market place or solution prior to getting into this new frontier. The Agricultural Advertising and marketing Service will be delivering further information and facts, sources and educational possibilities on the new plan. And I encourage you to go to the USDA hemp web-site for much more information and facts. As generally, we thank you for your patience and input in the course of this procedure.