Vermont will be performing zero-contact hemp operator inspections to minimize contact between individuals amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Vermont Agriculture Agency asserts that inspections will commence through a phone call, then an email, and finally a web-based form to collect details concerning the amount of harvested yields, lots, and outcomes of contaminant tests and so on.
The phone call chat with approved processors will start with a discussion concerning their lines of hemp products. Based on the chat, a particular form of product lines will be selected as the inspection’s focus point. Processors must then declare around ten process lots, submit relevant analysis certificates, and fill a short questionnaire.
Hemp Program applicants have to provide analysis certificates and other details online within a 10-day deadline after getting the inspection form.
The Hemp Program asks farmers to summarize their experience of last year’s growing season in one or two paragraphs.
The federal agency states that the revised inspection design allows engagement with the community, collection of crucial industry information, and evaluation of an applicant’s knowledge of Vermont Hemp regulations. The inspections will also enable the program to deliver compliance assistance.
Vermont won’t be changing its evaluation approaches, which enable farmers to send their samples for testing. The territory’s agriculture department points out that when a plant’s THC level surpasses the 0.3% threshold, the farmer has to notify authorities concerning the test results, and diligent action will be conducted.
The Hemp Program aims to gather information from applicants who will consequently guide the required outreach and public engagement in accordance with Hemp Rules, regulation-making, and research moving forward.
Registrants need to note that failing to finish the online inspection can result in enforcement action.
Questions regarding the web-based inspection process and forms can be addressed to Mike DiTomasso, Hemp Program Inspector.