An industrial hemp crop was being grown on UW-Extension test plots in Chippewa County in 2019.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reopening the comment period to the interim final rule that was published on Oct. 31, 2019, and established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. The reopening will provide an additional 30 days for interested persons to comment on the IFR.

All stakeholders are invited to provide comments, especially those who were subject to the regulatory requirements of the IFR during the 2020 production cycle. The Agricultural Marketing Service is interested in all additional input for all aspects of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, and particularly interested in comments on the following topics: Measurement of Uncertainty for Sampling; Liquid Chromatography Factor, 0.877; Disposal and Remediation of Non-Compliant Plants; Negligence; Interstate Commerce; 15-day Harvest Window; Hemp seedlings, microgreens, and clones; Hemp breeding and research; Sampling Methodology – Flower vs. Whole Plant; Sampling Methodology – Homogenous Composition, Frequency, and Volume; Sampling Agents; and DEA Laboratory Registration.

Notice of this extension is currently available for viewing in the Federal Register and was published Sept. 8. Comments must be received by Oct. 8.

Written comments should be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be sent via email to farmbill.hemp@usda.gov or sent by postal mail to USDA/AMS/Specialty Crops Program Hemp Branch, 470 L’Enfant Plaza SW, PO Box 23192, Washington, DC 20026.

More information about the provisions of the interim final rule is available on AMS’s Hemp Production webpage, www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/farmbill-hemp.