Today, U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. An interim final rule formalizing the program will be published later this week. The rule, which will take effect upon publication, will allow hemp to be grown under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. That includes insurance coverage through whole-farm revenue protection.
USDA explains that the rule includes provisions for the department to approve hemp production plans approved by states and Indian tribes, including “requirements for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced; testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol; disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements; and licensing requirements. It also establishes a federal plan for hemp producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own approved hemp production plan.”
The department also developed guidelines for sampling and testing procedures that will be issued concurrently with the rule.
You can find a preview of the rule here. USDA will accept public comment on the interim rule once it is published.