USDA Approves Organic Certification for Hemp

On Tuesday August 23rd, the USDA announced it will allow certification of hemp crops grown in compliance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill. This is a positive first step by USDA as a result of pressure from NHA and others in the industry to recognize hemp as a legitimate crop. 

While this decision may be helpful for hemp farmers in states such as Kentucky, Tennessee and Oregon, it is unclear what effect it will have on Colorado farmers who are operating under a commercial permit issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. We will continue to follow these and other developments and support legislation that encourages the growth of the industrial hemp industry.

You may view the USDA hemp certification instructions at this link .

Thank you!

  Zev Paiss, Executive Director
  National Hemp Association