Editor's Note
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Specialty Crops Program will conduct a webinar Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from noon to 3 p.m. ET, to solicit public comments on the sections of the 2018 USDA Farm Bill that impact industrial hemp. AMS is soliciting 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 provides multiple opportunities for interested parties to comment.
March 13, 2019
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

The Specialty Crops Program is conducting a webinar to solicit public comments on the sections of the 2018 USDA Farm Bill dealing with industrial hemp.

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.

To register, please visit:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Up to 1,000 people at a time may view the webinar; however, time constraints will allow only 60 speakers during the webinar and it will not include a Question and Answer session. Speakers will have a maximum time limit of three minutes and must submit a written copy of their comments to farmbill.hemp@usda.gov by March 11, 2019.

For questions regarding the listening session, please email  Jeff Davis   or  view the Federal Register Notice.