420 with CNW – States Ask USDA and Congress to Extend Hemp Pilot Program

August 12, 2020 15:25:19

Although the 2014 hemp pilot program is set to expire on October 31, various state agriculture and hemp industry advocates have expressed concern that some states aren’t quite ready to run their own hemp programs. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), received letters from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (“NASDA”) and National Industrial Hemp Council (“NIHC”) asking it to extend the pilot hemp program.

The groups say that while the USDA’s efforts at developing interim guidelines for the crop under the 2018 Farm Bill have been monumental, several states have been unable to create their own hemp programs due to the coronavirus. They asked Congressional leaders to consider passing supplementary appropriations legislation to extend the pilot hemp program through 2021 to give states…


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