USDA, this week, will release new rules around industrial hemp. The hemp industry has been waiting for clarifications to the federal rules and these are the regulations that will clear up a patchwork of statewide rules.
USDA officials say an interim rule will be published in the Federal Register later in the week - that's when it will become effective. The rule will clear up information on THC testing, procedures for disposing hemp and requirements for licensing.
The USDA rules only apply to states and tribes that have authorized production of hemp within their border, according to USDA undersecretary Greg Ibach. Most states have approved hemp production.
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“Farmers growing hemp can follow the same procedure as corn or soybean farmers to be able to certify their acres at the local FSA office,” Ibach said in a recent press call. “It won’t be a new system as far as USDA expectations. States, as I said can be more restrictive and may have different requirements in their state plan.”
After it's published in the Federal Register, there will be a 60-day public comment period on the rules.