USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Maine, Missouri And Another Indian Tribe

USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Maine, Missouri And Another Indian Tribe

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved hemp regulatory plans for Maine, Missouri and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians on Wednesday. The total number of federally approved hemp plans across states, territories and tribes now stands at 58. “With the approval, the [USDA] affirmed that Missouri’s plan complies with federal law and regulations,” the Missouri Department of Agriculture said. “The approval of Missouri’s state Industrial Hemp Plan was made by USDA with no required changes to existing state regulation.” Today, the Department announced federal approval of the state’s Industrial Hemp Plan, which sets the regulatory framework through the 2021 growing season & provides the Dept with primary oversight of industrial hemp production in the state. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/23H7O3XlUs — Missouri Dept. of Ag (@MoAgriculture) September 2, 2020 USDA has been signing off on hemp proposals on a rolling basis over the past year. Last month, it accepted plans from Maryland and the Lower Sioux Indian Community. “USDA continues to receive and review hemp production plans from states and Indian tribes,” the agency said in a notice. Recently, six states that submitted hemp regulatory plans to USDA were asked to make revisions and resubmit before they’re approved. While the agency released an interim final rule for a domestic hemp production program last year, industry stakeholders and lawmakers have expressed concerns about certain policies it views as excessively restrictive. USDA announced in February that it would temporarily lift two provisions that the industry viewed as problematic. Those policies primarily concern testing…

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