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USDA Rules Deliver Clarity for Farmers, Hemp Industry
USAgNet - 11/07/2019

On October 29th the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program as mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill, allowing federally-approved hemp to be grown under clear guidelines and making hemp producers eligible for many agricultural programs.

As a leader in hemp genetics, HGH Seed, Inc., welcomes the introduction of a consistent regulatory framework for hemp production across the United States.

Unlike other states, compliance has always been tightly regulated in Colorado, where laws dictating total THC levels and rigorous compliance testing has been part of hemp producers' long-standing standard operating procedures.

The much-needed USDA interim final rules provide clear legal guidelines from which hemp farmers can better operate.

Bodhi Urban, Founder and CEO of HGH, shared, "We are happy to see that the USDA is leaving the seed industry open, although this will require that farmers be even more discerning when choosing genetics partners. Clarifications around transportation and shipment of hemp across state lines will reduce existing anxiety and complexity for our farmers as well."

In the interim final rules, total THC is mandated, regardless of testing method, to account for conversion of THCA into THC. This heightens the importance of compliance considerations across not only genetics selection, but growing environment and testing methods as well. Bodhi continued, "Right now, we see the USDA interim final rules significantly impacting the smokable market. We encourage individuals to provide relevant feedback to the USDA in the next 60 days before final rules are published. It's up to all of us to make sure we support the industry and farmers of the future."

Since the Farm Bill passed, HGH Seed has been a trusted partner for compliant hemp seeds and hemp seed starts nationwide.

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