The USDA has removed the requirement that hemp crops be tested by DEA-registered laboratories for the upcoming growing season. While the agency had reached an agreement with the DEA for this season, the law enforcement agency still expects states “to work with their laboratories to try to achieve certification for the 2021 crop year. See […]

The USDA created a pilot hemp insurance program that covers against loss of yield for hemp grown for fiber, grain, or CBD; the agency also gave hemp farmers access to the federal Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. To be eligible for the pilot program, hemp producers must have at least one year of production history […]

Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s draft rules, crops testing higher than 0.3% THC due to uncertain genetics and variation in sampling and testing procedures will have a range of “measurement of uncertainty” that their crops must fall within for their test results to be considered acceptable. Farmers wouldn’t be considered in negligent violation unless their […]

The USDA has come out with a legal opinion on authorities for hemp production which states that hemp is no longer a controlled substance. The opinion states, “The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) authorized the production of hemp and removed hemp and hemp seeds from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) schedule of […]