12 Additional State and 12 Tribal Plans are Currently Under USDA Review
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has now approved six state and seven tribal hemp production plans.
These state and tribal hemp production plans are in compliance with the USDA’s proposed Interim Hemp Regulations, which have not yet been finalized. It is expected that these Interim Hemp Regulations will be finalized in mid-April.
The USDA has now approved State Hemp Production Plans for Delaware, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas have now been approved.
The USDA has also approved Tribal Hemp Production Plans for the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Flandreau Santee Sioux, the Fort Belknap Indian Community, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Yurok Tribe have also been approved.
What’s interesting is that an increasing number of states have decided to continue with hemp programs under the 2014 Farm Bill, rather than the 2018 Farm Bill and the USDA’s proposed Interim Hemp Regulations.
The 2014 Farm Bill only allowed the growing of hemp for research purposes, and not for commercial sale, although many states ignored the Farm Bill provisions and allowed and continue to allow the commercial production and sale of hemp.
States that have elected to continue to allow the growing of hemp under the 2014 Farm Bill are Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Vermont, and Wisconsin. These states include two of the largest producers of hemp in 2019, Colorado and Kentucky.
Generally, states that have elected to stay under the 2014 Farm Bill have done so because of what are viewed by some of the states and hemp growers as onerous and challenging provisions of the USDA’s proposed Interim Hemp Regulations. What’s most concerning to hemp growers and some states are the provisions relating to crop testing.
Crop testing concerns include the part of the plant to be tested, the USDA wants to test only essentially the high-cannabinoid flowers, the role of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in testing, and the inclusion of the non-psychoactive THCA, the acidic form of THC, which is not psychoactive, as well as THC.
The USDA has received over 4000 comments to its proposed Interim Hemp Regulations. While many hemp growers are hopeful that meaningful changes will be made before the regulations are finalized in mid-April, it’s increasingly unlikely that any significant changes will be made by the USDA.
About Hemp Boot Camps
FC Global Strategies’ affiliate, FC Global Events, sponsors Hemp Boot Camps. These one-day events are held throughout the United States and are targeted to:
Farmers growing other crops who are interested in growing hemp.
Farmers currently growing hemp, who want the latest information and resources, especially regarding cultivars, the latest in cultivation techniques, and the market for hemp fiber, seeds, and CBD.
Entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a hemp or CBD business.
Investors interested in better understanding the hemp and CBD industries as investment
opportunities. Manufacturers or marketers of CBD products, or entrepreneurs interested in producing or marketing CBD products.
The next Hemp Boot Camp will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on February 29, 2020. A complete schedule of upcoming Hemp Boot Camps is available at www.hempbootcamps.com.
About FC Global Strategies
FC Global Strategies (FC) provides services and programs to early-stage and entrepreneurial growth-oriented companies. (www.fcglobalstrategies.com)
Whether the hemp growing, processing or CBD business is a startup or is already in business, FC Global provides hands-on assistance, and specialized programs and services. FC Global uses a team approach, enabling companies to benefit by professionals who have “been there and done it.”
FC Global has specific programs and services for hemp growers, hemp processors, and manufacturers or marketers of products containing CBD. Services are also provided to Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) food, beverage, nutritional supplement and cosmetic companies who want to add hemp seeds, hemp seed oil and/or CBD to their products.
For hemp growers these services and programs include assistance with:
The decision to grow hemp for seed or grain, for fiber or biomass, for hemp oil, CBD oil, or a combination.
The decision to grow hemp from clones or seeds.
The decision regarding what strains or varieties to grow.
The identification and due diligence on sellers of clones or seeds.
The decision regarding what, if any, post-harvest processing is optimal for the growing operation.
The identification and due diligence on extractors and processors of biomass.
Some of these services and programs are provided in conjunction with Phyto Intel LLC and Growth Advisory Group LLC.
Jeffrey Friedland, CEO
FC Global Strategies LLC
Tel. +1 303 478 4887