Editor's Note
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Specialty Crops Program has posted the recording of a webinar conducted on March 13 to solicit public comments on the sections of the 2018 USDA Farm Bill that impact industrial hemp. AMS is solicited stakeholder input on the design and functions of a USDA hemp production program in order to draft rules to implement Farm Bill provisions. The regulatory rulemaking process will continue to provide multiple opportunities for interested parties to comment.
March 19, 2019
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Recorded March 13

A recording of the Specialty Crops Program webinar to solicit public comments on the sections of the 2018 USDA Farm Bill dealing with industrial hemp is now available.

Title X, Sec. 10113 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 provides for the regulation of domestic hemp production. This action would outline provisions for USDA to approve plans submitted by U.S. States, territories and Indian tribes for the commercial production of hemp. It would also establish a program for States or Tribal governments that do not have a USDA approved plan. State and Tribal plans and the USDA plan would include provisions for maintaining information regarding the land on which hemp is produced, for testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, for disposal of plants and products that do not meet necessary requirements, and provisions to ensure compliance with the requirements of the new part. 

Implementation of this provision requires AMS to undertake rulemaking. Prior to drafting a proposed rule, AMS would like to solicit stakeholder input on the design and functions of a USDA hemp production program. In addition to this listening session, the regulatory process will allow for multiple opportunities for interested parties to comment.