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NASDA Submits Hemp Program Comments to USDA | KTIC Radio

NASDA Submits Hemp Program Comments to USDA

NASDA Submits Hemp Program Comments to USDA
Researchers at the John C. Pair Horticultural Center near Wichita are growing industrial hemp to determine best practices for Kansas producers. (Courtesy of K-State Research and Extension)

This week, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture submitted final comments on federal hemp production guidelines.

The comments submitted to the Department of Agriculture highlight potential changes to the Domestic Hemp Production Program interim final rule. NASDA CEO  Barb Glenn says, “We know at least 30 states will have to revise their own laws in order to comply with the requirements of the rule,” adding that without some flexibility, the rule could create competitive differences between states.

NASDA recommends USDA extends the number of days in the testing window to within 15 to 30 days of harvest, along with dropping the requirement for states to use a Drug Enforcement Administration registered laboratory.

Additionally, the organization suggests USDA create a tier-based approach for sampling and testing that would allow for greater flexibility for state regulators, set the negligence threshold for THC at one percent, and allow for states to develop mitigation plans, among other recommendations. The comment period closed Wednesday.

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