Final Rule: Changes to Hemp Production Go Into Effect March 22

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Hemp Production Program’s Final Rule will go into effect March 22.

Some of the key provisions include raising the negligence threshold from 0.5% to 1% and limits the maximum number of negligent violations that a producer can receive in a growing season to one. Also, the normal 15-day window to collect samples before harvest has been extended to 30 days.

States who wish to manage hemp programs must have a plan approved under the new final rule. They have until Dec. 31, 2021 to transition to the new provisions under the Final Rule.

The final rule provides regulations for hemp production in this country and includes modifications based on public comments and lessons learned during last year’s growing season. More information about the provisions of the final rule is available on AMS’s Hemp Production webpage.