Producers who want to develop hemp in 2020 but reside in a state that does not at present have a plan can now apply for federal licenses.
The Agricultural Advertising and marketing Service of the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting license applications from producers whose states or tribes do not submit plans for approval.
The agency issued hemp guidelines in October but delayed acceptance of person applications till now to permit time for states and tribal governments to submit their plans very first.
Federal licenses are not readily available in states that have laws banning industrial increasing of hemp, such as Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Dakota.
As an alternative, federal licenses are an solution for farmers in states with no plans to regulate hemp themselves. Members of American Indian tribes living in states that ban hemp are also eligible.
Farmers in states or tribes with authorized hemp regulations are anticipated to enroll in these applications.
The USDA will not accept person license requests from farmers in these states or tribes that currently have submitted a state program or have a draft production program pending USDA approval.
The USDA accepts license applications year-round. Licenses are superior for 1 calendar year.
License applications can be submitted electronically via the USDA Domestic Hemp Production System internet site or sent by mail.
Copies of the license applications can be requested by means of e-mail at [email protected].
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