Indiana Senator And Congressman Ask USDA To Make Four Changes To Proposed Hemp Rules

Indiana Senator And Congressman Ask USDA To Make Four Changes To Proposed Hemp Rules

A senator and congressman representing Indiana recently sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), imploring the agency to make a series of changes to its proposed regulations for hemp. While lawmakers and stakeholders celebrated the October release of an interim final rule for hemp, which was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, many have raised concerns about certain regulations that they argue could adversely impact farmers and hamper the industry. Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Rep. James Baird (R-IN) said that they appreciate USDA’s attention to hemp issues. “However, as we witness the maturation of this industry, it is imperative that the Department operates with the understanding that important questions surrounding genetics, seed characteristics, and best farming practices have yet to be answered,” they wrote last month. “As the Department and Congress continue to make progress on this issue, any regulatory framework must strike a careful balance between maintaining the integrity and safety of the hemp market, while simultaneously providing farmers and other entrepreneurs the flexibility to invest in this re-emerging economy with confidence through farmer friendly regulations,” the letter, which was first reported by Indiana Public Media, states. To that end, the…

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