Lawmakers, agriculture regulators, and hemp industry stakeholders have been calling for more time to get up to speed with the USDA’s new hemp regulations.
The guidance swings open the door to hemp grown for research.
For the first time, a USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service funding announcement explicitly includes hemp.
The state’s growers are sitting on a pile of surplus from the 2019 season, while they desperately wait for rules to guide the industry going forward.
While some states have embraced the trend, others are moving to outlaw the practice. And hemp farmers worry about losing a valuable market.
At NASDA Winter Policy Conference, USDA says it’s loosening DEA lab testing requirement for hemp, and FDA signals openness to non-pharma CBD products.
“There are few topics that have generated as much interest or enthusiasm as the provisions allowing for the domestic production of hemp,” said Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Bruce Summers.
The window closed Wednesday for those who proposed changes to the USDA’s interim final rule on hemp, which will shape the future of the hemp industry in the US and abroad.
Cannabis Wire interviewed Bryan Hurlburt, head of Connecticut’s ag department and vice chair of a National Association of State Departments of Agriculture committee looking at hemp.
With 30 states needing to revise their hemp rules, NASDA urges flexibility from federal regulators, as the window for comment on USDA’s interim final rule on hemp closes.
Hemp farmers have awaited clarity from the federal agency, which, along with the USDA and the FDA, has to craft rules for the newly legal hemp industry and its products.
An industry holds its breath as it works with regulators to approve hemp in animal feed.
The state has decided to defer a decision on whether hemp extracts like CBD should be allowed in foods and beverages.
Federal financial regulators released a memo to “provide clarity” on hemp’s legal status.
Allowing farmers to sell hemp and CBD products to medical cannabis businesses gives hemp farmers “another market for their products,” said ag commissioner Richard Ball.
Stakeholders are analyzing them as fast as they can, knowing that they may catalyze an already booming industry.