It is all smiles for hemp farmers in Minnesota after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently accepted the state’s revised hemp regulations. In the new revisions made by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, farmers get new options to remediate hemp crops that go over the 0.3% federal THC limit. This is however if the crops test for THC levels less than 1%. Producers can use the hemp crop for biomass.
Also in the fresh changes, farmers get an additional 15 days to get their crops tested. In previous harvests, farmers had to get their crops tested in not more than 15 days after the day of harvest.
The updates look to add some flexibility to the testing as hemp producers who have remained compliant for more than a year are appreciated with the ability to be drafted for random sampling. The random sampling to be used will be subject to factors risking the crop. However, experienced farmers trying new varieties in Minnesota will still need to undergo mandatory testing.
On the other side of things, there is a new cap for the number of violations a farmer can get in a year. According to the new changes, farmers will not be assessed for negligent violation more than once annually. The state will deny licence applications for five years to farmers scoring three violations in five consecutive years.
Concerning the recent changes, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner Whitney Place said they are a significant step forward, and they were pleased that the U.S. The Department of Agriculture made the announcements at the federal levels.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture presented the initial hemp plan last year. Notably, the new changes are in time for this year’s planting season. Additionally, the changes will be handy for Minnesota’s CBD industry as some farmers sit on produce from the last harvest.