Newsletter – January 20, 2021
USDA Publishes Final Rule for U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program
By Steven Hoffman
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 15 announced the Final Rule regulating the production of hemp in the United States. According to the USDA, the Final Rule for the U.S. Hemp Production Program incorporates modifications to regulations established under the Interim Final Rule (IFR) published in October 2019. USDA said the modifications are based on public comments following the publication of the IFR and lessons learned during the 2020 growing season. The Final Rule is available for viewing in the Federal Register and will be effective on March 22, 2021.
According to USDA, key provisions of the Final Rule include licensing requirements; record-keeping requirements for maintaining information about the land where hemp is produced; procedures for testing the THC concentration levels for hemp; procedures for disposing of non-compliant plants; compliance provisions; and procedures for handling violations.
Hemp Experts Weigh-in: The Future is Fiber
By Heather Collins
Despite hemp fiber’s boundless opportunities, experts indicated during last week’s 3rd Annual Winter Hemp Summit, produced by We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA) and powered by NoCo Hemp Expo, that more work needs to be done in the field and on the manufacturing level in order for hemp fiber to succeed.
“We need to look at what matters to the farmer. If the farmer cannot make any money, it does not matter if our companies are turning a profit because, at the end of the day, they won’t be able to supply what’s needed to survive,” said Andrew Bish, CMO of Nebraska-based Bish Enterprises, a leading provider of farm and harvest machinery and a specialist in hemp crop production.
Hemp News Spotlight
National Industrial Hemp Council Partners with Food Safety Net Services to Advance CBD Product Safety
By Food Safety Net Services
Texas-based Taiga Introduces First Hard-sided Coolers Made from Hemp Bioplastic
By The Gear Institute
The Artsy Leaf Launches Canna-themed “Etsy” Style Online Marketplace
By The Artsy Leaf
Charlotte’s Web Granted Two Hemp Genetics Patents
By The Daily Camera
Hemp Seed Genetics Can Solve the 1% THC Problem
By Natural Products Insider
Texas Smokable Hemp Hearing Postponed to March
By Hemp Grower
As Hemp Industry Grows, So Does Understanding of Hemp Crop Diseases
By The American Phytopathological Society
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Hemp Supporters, there’s never been a more urgent opportunity to support CBD on Capitol Hill. If passed, H.R. 8179 would ensure that hemp-derived CBD, and other non-intoxicating hemp ingredients, could be lawfully marketed as dietary supplements.
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is accepting public comments on draft hemp and CBD regulations covering manufacturing, licensing, labeling, testing and inspections for processing and selling hemp extracts of cannabinoids and terpenes, including CBD. The DOH will accept public comments on the new regulations from Nov. 10, 2020 to Jan. 11, 2021 – meaning they could take effect as soon as the first quarter of next year. To comment, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-473-7488 or visit here for more information.
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Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4 Coming Soon!
Tune in January 21st for the Season 4 kickoff of the Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast. Volume Up with Morris Beegle is a bi-weekly show that will feature a rotating guest co-host along with multiple hemp industry leaders from North America and around the globe. From policy and legislation conversations to discussing all the amazing products that can be created from the hemp plant, Volume Up is an entertaining and engaging perspective on the current state of the hemp industry.
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