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Calling all Hemp Consumers! 


On October 30, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its Program Rules to implement the Hemp Program authorized under the 2018 Farm Bill.  While most of these rules implement the Farm Bill as written and set the framework for the hemp to become a thriving economy, they are overshadowed by a few rules that put undue hardship on the farmer to the point of harming access to the products you know and love.


Why should I care?


This is about your personal freedom to consume these natural products.  If you are a hemp consumer (CBD), this message is for you.  If you test, process or finish hemp products…this message is for you.  Why should you care? No farmer, no hemp!  You may think these rules do not affect you.  The supply chain means nothing if there is no hemp to extract.  The foundation must be solid and the following regulations, if left unchanged, create such ominous requirements that the future of the hemp farmer’s ability to sustain is in question. 


What can I do?


We have until December 31st to make as much noise as possible!  It is time to rise and make your voice heard to protect the hemp products you know and love.  We are asking ALL hemp product consumers to submit comments directly to the USDA asking them to amend their rules to ensure that our domestic farmers are able to remain competitive with the rest of the world.  You will find draft comment language that you can use as the basis of an email, web comment, or phone conversation.  You can copy and paste the language below for your convenience and edit to your liking.  However you choose to comment, the point is that you use this opportunity to stand up for your right to consume this natural product. 


Copy and paste this into the comment section: 


  1. Sampling Protocol:  Allow for State flexibility with aggregate testing, most don’t have the resources to comply with testing every registrant.
  2. Testing Labs:   Remove DEA requirements on testing labs and remain with FOOD testing requirements.
  3. THC Negligence:   Raise the THC negligence threshold from .5% to 1% dry volume consistent with the rest of the world.
  4. Dispose is NOT Destroy:  Per the Farm Bill, create regulations under “dispose” that allow remediation and fiber pathways.
  5. Transportation Manifests:  Allow shipping information into the FSA (crop report) for local law enforcement to use to verify that it is legal hemp in transit.

Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now! Act Now!

Bill Richmond, Chief,

U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, Specialty Crops Program

Phone: (202) 720-2491  

Email: William.Richmond@usda.gov




Patty Bennett, Director,

Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program

Phone: (202) 720-2491  

Email: Patty.Bennett@usda.gov.