Background: Title X, Sec. 10113 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 provides for the regulation of domestic hemp production. This action would outline provisions for USDA to approve plans submitted by U.S. States, territories and Indian tribes for the commercial production of hemp. It would also establish a program for States or Tribal governments that do not have a USDA approved plan. State and Tribal plans and the USDA plan would include provisions for maintaining information regarding the land on which hemp is produced, for testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, for disposal of plants and products that do not meet necessary requirements, and provisions to ensure compliance with the requirements of the new part.
Purpose: Implementation of this provision requires AMS to undertake rulemaking. Prior to drafting a proposed rule, AMS would like to solicit stakeholder input on the design and functions of a USDA hemp production program. In addition to this listening session, the regulatory process will allow for multiple opportunities for interested parties to comment.
Next Steps: AMS will draft a Federal Register notice announcing the listening session and proving information for registering to participate, either in person or remotely. The notice also will require submission to AMS of a written copy of comments for those orally presenting at the listening session. Prior to publication of the Federal Register notice, AMS will work with NASDA to ensure that its members are aware of this listening session as soon as possible in order to make travel plans accordingly.