USDA Reopens Comment Period on Interim Final Rule to Establish a Domestic Hemp Production Program
On September 8, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service reopened the comment period for its previously published interim final rule to establish a domestic hemp production program in the United States. The rule is currently in effect and will expire on November 1, 2021 or when a final rule is issued. The rule outlines a procedure by which states and tribes can submit hemp production plans for approval by USDA. In those territories where there is no USDA approved plan, and where hemp production is not illegal on the state level, USDA will administer a Federal plan. The rule also outlines how information will be maintained, testing requirements to ensure that the products are legal, disposal requirements for non-compliant products and more. The agency is seeking comments and information on specific topics outlined in the notice to help inform a permanent final rule. Written comments on the rule are due by October 8, 2020.