Federal Agency Tells USDA To Keep Hemp Rules Open For Comment Even Longer

Federal Agency Tells USDA To Keep Hemp Rules Open For Comment Even Longer

The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to lengthen a public comment period it recently reopened for proposed hemp rules. USDA announced it was reopening the comment period last week, citing intense demand from stakeholders who have expressed concern about a number of specific regulations. The department outlined 12 areas where they’re seeking additional feedback, including several that industry representatives have identified as very consequential. But while they’re giving interested parties 30 days to send additional input after the original comment period—which saw more than 4,600 submissions—SBA’s Office of Advocacy said in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday that it’s not enough time for small businesses. They’re asking for at least 60 days. “Advocacy is concerned that the current comment period does not allow for small businesses to prepare the types of detailed analyses and data that the agency is requesting,” the office wrote. “Advocacy heard from several hemp producers in Arizona, North Carolina, New York, and Vermont, and state farm bureaus who are concerned about the length and timing of the latest comment period.” It’s also harvest season in the mid-Atlantic and south, SBA said, and that “places a strain on their ability to both manage their small business and dedicate the time and attention necessary to provide the detailed comments” USDA is requesting. Further, waiting for the close of harvest season could help inform responses. “Finally, the ongoing global pandemic as well as many other ongoing natural disasters…

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