The Department of Agriculture just published a final rule clarifying regulations for U.S. hemp production. Final hemp rules issued by the USDA should ease the regulatory burden on hemp farmers, according to the American Farm Bureau's Scott Bennett, who says the final rule will change sampling and testing requirements. “New alternative methods simply must have the potential to ensure that at a confidence level of 95 percent, the plant will not test above the acceptable THC level. The rule also modified the sampling timeline. The interim final rule gave a 15 day window to collect samples before harvest, that now sits at a 30 day window. “
The Farm Bureau says the final rule also changes regulations regarding negligence and disposal. “This final rule raises the negligence threshold from point five percent to one percent THC and limits the maximum number of negligent violations that a producer can receive to one per calendar year. The final rule also provides additional flexibility for farmers who can now dispose of a crop on their own without the need of assistance from DEA or local law enforcement.”
The final rule is set to go into effect this spring, pending review by the Biden administration.
“The final rule goes into effect on March 22nd. However, the proposal of this rule at USDA at the end of 2020 causes it to sit inside the window of time by which President Biden will review all rulemaking.”
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