Maine joins the list of states who now have a hemp plan approved by the USDA. They join the ranks as the new rules for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Domestic Hemp Production Program are getting ready to go into effect. While there is speculation that there may be delays before the rules become mandatory, states are already working to get in compliance with the future rules.
“Hemp is becoming an important part of Maine’s agriculture sector. Approval of our hemp production plan means Maine’s growers will have certainty about the expectations and guidelines for hemp cultivation for the coming years,” said Amanda Beal, DACF Commissioner.
To pay for the state’s program, Maine will put in place a set of fees including:
- A $100 application fee.
- A $500 annual licensing fees
- A cost if $50/acre for outdoor farms
- A cost of 25 cents/square foot for indoor grows.
- A testing fee will also apply after the state determines the real cost of testing.
To get ready for the 2021 growing season, the state will start having to readjust to the new rules they will be following. Maine operated under it’s own rules for this growing season and will need to tweak them to adhere to the stricter federal regulations.