A collection of business news and practical resources about the USDA’s new hemp rules, curated by Hemp Industry Daily
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Kristen Nichols, Editor, Hemp Industry Daily Shawn Hauser, Partner, Vicente Sederberg
About Shawn Hauser
Shawn Hauser is a partner and chair of the Hemp and Cannabinoids Practice Group at Vicente Sederberg LLP. Shawn helps marijuana and hemp businesses navigate the intersections between state and federal law, licensing, general business representation, investment, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property. As chair of the VS Hemp and Cannabinoids Practice Group, Shawn advises clients on the unique legal landscape governing cannabinoids and industrial hemp, helping them form compliant business structures and develop innovative solutions that best position them for success at the state and national levels. She has been named one of “Denver’s Top Lawyers” by 5280 magazine in each of the past four years (2016-2019).
About Kristen Nichols
Kristen is the editor of Hemp Industry Daily, where she leads coverage of the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for nearly 20 years. She started covering the marijuana legalization movement in 2009 – when medical stores started popping up around Denver – and wrote about the state’s first legal hemp harvest. Kristen also covered agriculture and politics in Maryland and her home state of Georgia.
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This in a live follow-up webcast event featured, Hemp Industry Daily Editor Kristen Nichols. Watch the recording to view her answer you live questions on the new USDA hemp rules
- THC testing procedures
- What to expect from your state
- New assistance options, including crop insurance, loans
- Changes to import/export laws
- New seed/clone requirements
News & Resources – USDA hemp rules:
The USDA hemp rules are out, and they account for some THC variance
Farmers growing hemp would get a small cushion in THC limits under nationwide rules proposed Tuesday by federal agriculture regulators.
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. [Read more]
A deeper dive into USDA’s hemp production rules
What the USDA Hemp Production Rules Do (and Don’t Do) [Click to see chart]
Hemp farmers eligible for USDA programs under new federal rules
Nationwide hemp production rules that took effect Thursday come with new federal protections for the crop.
Starting in the 2020 growing year, cultivators licensed under federally approved production programs will have the same access to federal loans, crop insurance, disaster assistance and conservation programs that farmers of other commodities have under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA’s) various agencies. [Read more]
USDA suggests farmers pay hemp-promotions fee, offers no more details on rule changes
The agency setting baseline national minimums for hemp production says growers should tax themselves to promote the new crop.
A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Heather Pichelman, said Monday in the agency’s first address to hemp growers since releasing national regulations that the industry “has clearly shown interest” in paying fees to promote hemp. [Read More]
Oregon senators push back on USDA’s rules for testing THC in hemp
The federal plan to test hemp for THC will damage the industry, according to two Oregon senators who are pushing back on rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, say the USDA hemp production rules lay out THC testing requirements with “potentially harmful effects” for the new hemp industry. [Read More]