In a follow up to interim guidance formally issued last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday released a recorded webinar providing an overview of its newly established U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.
According to the department’s accompanying statement, the webinar “discusses the differences between hemp-related provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill and the 2018 Farm Bill, and provides details of the requirements included in the interim final rule published on Oct. 31, 2019.”
Everything you need to know about hemp-related provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill (v.s. 2014 Farm Bill) and requirements for participating in the Program. pic.twitter.com/bnWoDbKLcj
— USDA Ag Mktg Service (@USDA_AMS) November 5, 2019
On Monday, a separate hemp regulations video intended to “analyze the USDA’s interim final rule” and explain “the significance of these rules and the important work ahead for the industry” was published by law firm Vicente Sederberg LLP and Eric Steenstra from the Vote Hemp advocacy organization.
According to the law firm’s post, the video addresses three key questions: “1) What you need to know for your business to remain compliant; 2) What you need to know to position your business for success; and 3) How to engage with the USDA to address areas of improvement to the interim final rule, which is effective October 1, 2019 through November 1, 2021.”
“While these rules are not perfect, they are undoubtedly progress and an important milestone for the hemp industry,” Vicente Sederberg’s post continued. “We look forward to hearing your concerns and potential solutions as we continue to analyze these rules and their practical implications.”