Over two years since Congress approved the farm bill of 2018 growers are finally getting A statewide set of rules for hemp cultivation. These rules will officially be implemented on Monday.
In early March, the United States Department of Agriculture disclosed that its final rules on production had been analyzed and slated to be in effects as stipulated.
This means that from today, all tribes, jurisdictions, and states working under the USDA-approved plan through 2018’s Farm Bill have to adhere to the final regulations.
However, as the final statewide hemp production laws replace the confusing set of guidelines, hemp farmers are still wondering how they’ll promote adherence.
Some major amendments entail:
· New requirements for sampling
· Improved negligence standards
· Limited hot hemp remediation
· On-farm hot hemp disposal
Successfully enacting these recent rules might seem daunting and overwhelming; however Kim Stuck asserts that shouldn’t be the case. Stuck works at Allay Consulting, Denver-based worldwide marijuana consultancy that liaises with manufacturers and growers on regulatory obedience. Being a former marijuana and hemp regulator, Stuck says there are important things that hemp fields can do to prevent infractions.
The IFR (interim final rule) required samples to be acquired from the hemp plant’s upper one-third. However, stuck said that’s problematic since hemp’s top region exhibits high THC concentration.
The Agriculture Department slightly updated its final regulations, recommending that the sample be acquired from about 5-8 inches from the terminal bud, main stem or central cola of the crops’ flowering top.
The USDA raised the negligence cap for THC testing to 1% from 0.5% THC. This implies that growers have more space before being regarded as negligent for hot hemp production.
Stuck said added that provision doesn’t mean that farmers can legally grow hemp of around 1% THC.