Biden’s USDA Takes First Meeting With Hemp Industry To Learn About Market Needs

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Representatives of the new Biden administration’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held their first meeting with hemp industry stakeholders last week to learn about the market’s needs. During the meeting, National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) board chair Patrick Atagi talked to Acting Agriculture Secretary Kevin Shea about key areas of interest for hemp businesses, especially as they concern testing and certification labs. They also covered issues such as regulatory enforcement, a hemp checkoff program that’s in the works, trade standards and increasing research and development for the crop. Atagi told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview that a primary purpose of the meeting was “just to make sure that USDA is working on hemp issues currently, which they are, but also we have incoming political folks—some who know the hemp industry and some who don’t,” and so the conversation was partly for education. The talk “went extremely well,” Atagi, who was appointed by USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last month to serve on a federal trade advisory committee, said. He added that the meeting was meant to make sure that the agency is up to speed as Biden’s pick for agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, moves through the confirmation process. Atagi is the second member of NIHC to join a USDA and USTR advisory panel. Kevin Latner, vice president of marketing for the group, was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Processed Foods in July. NIHC meets w/ @USDA Acting Secretary. “..we felt it was important to update Acting Secretary Kevin Shea on a number of issues including consumer safety and climate smart agriculture.” Read our entire release here -> #hempnews #CBD #cbdoil #USDA — National Industrial Hemp Council (@NatHempCouncil) January 29, 2021 “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” Atagi said.…

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