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Colorado’s CHAMP Hemp Initiative

December 12, 2019

States Take the Lead: Colorado’s CHAMP Hemp Initiative Welcomes Public Comments in Responding to USDA’s Interim Final Rule on Hemp

As state and industry leaders sift through USDA’s Interim Final Rule set to govern U.S. hemp production in order to craft a response in advance of the December 30 comment deadline, a number of common concerns are emerging, not the least of which is the rule’s increased potential to place farmers at risk.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Advancement & Management Plan (CHAMP) initiative welcomed on December 10 more than 100 hemp industry members, advocates, farmers, researchers, academics and others to the agency’s office in Broomfield, CO, for a public meeting to hear comments on the USDA Interim Final Rule (IFR) to establish a national hemp production program and how it affects the state’s own plan for hemp.

The goal of the hearing was to gather comments from the public and coordinate a unified response from the state of Colorado to the USDA in advance of USDA’s December 30 comment period deadline regarding the Interim Final Rule governing U.S. hemp production. In addition, state leaders gathered information at the hearing to help align Colorado’s comprehensive hemp plan with IFR requirements.

Brian Koontz, Manager of the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Program (right), shares the state’s concerns over USDA’s Interim Final Rule for U.S. hemp production at a public hearing in Broomfield, CO, on December 10.

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