The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Dec. 27 it has approved the first set of plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic production of industrial hemp under the new federal hemp production program. The plans were submitted by the states of Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio, as well as the Flandreau Santee Sioux, Santa Rosa Cahuilla and La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indian Tribes.
The interim hemp production rule – as authorized under the 2018 farm law – took effect Oct. 31 and established testing protocols to distinguish between legal hemp and federally controlled marijuana. The rule also provides legal protection for interstate transportation of hemp and makes producers eligible for federal programs, including loans and crop insurance coverage. Under the new rule, states and tribes may submit their own plans for the domestic production of hemp to USDA for approval, and USDA is responsible for establishing a federal plan for states and tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved plan.
USDA said it continues to receive and review plans from states and Indian tribes and maintains a list on its website, along with approved plans. To check the status of a plan or to review approved plans, visit: Status of State and Tribal Hemp Production Plans.
For additional information about the program and the provisions of the interim final rule, see U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.