New York Hemp Plan Approved By USDA

High Times

The state of New York received an end-of-year approval of its hemp plan by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced on December 28 that the state’s hemp program had officially received USDA approval. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Hemp Program Plan is now accepting applications, as of January 1, 2022. Ball stated that New York has been long been pursuing hemp as an agricultural good, and is confident that this new program will help propel the state further ahead. “New York State has been a leader in the hemp industry since the launch of its pilot program, with producers registered to grow industrial hemp on 30,000 acres. Under this new plan, our growers will have stability and consistency in regulations moving forward, with continued guidance and support from the Department,” he said in a press release. “We look forward to continuing to administer this important program, which provides growers with an avenue to diversify crops and tap into new markets.” As of 2021, the state of New York allowed 800 registered cannabis producers to cultivate hemp. Licensed growers who have previously participated in the state’s hemp program will need to reapply for a new license, as their old one expired on the last day of 2021. All applicants are also required to participate in the FBI Identity History Summary Check within 60 days of the submission of their application. The initial draft of the New York State Hemp Plan was sent to the USDA in October 2021. Ball explained in his introductory letter that back in 2016, a hemp crop was harvested for the first time in over 80 years, and at the time, the state only allowed 10 growers to cultivate and harvest the herb.…

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