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USDA releases regulations for hemp farmers

The USDA has released new regulations regarding hemp production, something farmers have been waiting for.

The 2018 farm bill legalized the production of hemp as an agricultural commodity, essentially removing it from the list of controlled substances.

Now, under the new regulations effective immediately, farmers must submit plans to keep records on hemp-producing land, test the levels of THC and dispose of plants with high THC levels.

“Another thing that it clears up is that you can’t get a permit or a license to actually grow it if you’ve had a felony in the last 10 years,” said Adams County Farm Bureau Manager Shawn Valter. These new regulations say that’s only for the owner or the person who has a financial interest in the crop so that does open up the labor pool.”

Hemp can be used to make fabric, paper, food products, just to name a few.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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