USDA Approves Hemp Regulatory Plans From Rhode Island And Another Indian Tribe

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved hemp regulatory proposals from one additional state and one tribe. Rhode Island and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians are the latest to have their plans accepted, raising the total number of federally approved hemp proposals to 72. Since the crop and its derivatives were legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, USDA has been reviewing and accepting plans to regulate hemp on a rolling basis. In October, it signed off on bids from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Dakota, for example. “USDA continues to receive and review hemp production plans from states and Indian tribes,” it said in its latest notice, published last week. While the agency released an interim final rule for a domestic hemp production program in 2019, industry stakeholders and lawmakers have expressed concerns about certain policies it views as excessively restrictive. USDA closed an extended public comment period on its proposed hemp regulations in October. Its initial round saw more than 4,600 submissions, but it said in September that it was reopening the feedback period in response to intense pushback from stakeholders on its original proposal. All told, it appears that the agency is taking seriously the feedback it’s received and may be willing to make certain accommodations on these particular policies. The department’s rule for hemp is set to take effect on October 31, 2021. In July, two senators representing Oregon sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, expressing concern that hemp testing requirements that were temporarily lifted will be reinstated in the agency’s final rule. They made a series of requests for policy changes. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), expected to soon be the Senate’s majority leader, wrote to Perdue in August, asking that USDA delay issuing final regulations for the crop until…

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