USDA plans webinar on hemp and the Farm Bill, invites comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a webinar to get public input on the 2018 Farm Bill and hemp production.

All interested parties are welcome to provide comments during the March 13 session, hosted by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Program.

Participants must register in advance, and those who wish to speak must submit written comments to by Monday.

More details about the hemp webinar are here.

The USDA held its first hemp listening session Feb. 26.

The Farm Bill, which President Donald Trump signed into law in December, charged the USDA with developing regulations for hemp producers “as expeditiously as practicable.”

But Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has said the USDA won’t have hemp rules ready until the 2020 growing season.