Market Date: 6 August, 2020

USDA rule will not nevertheless affect Hawai’i hemp generation

Fibers in the stem of hemp. Public domain picture.

The recently developed US National Yeast Production Program may impact now instant changes on hemp being grown in Hawai’i.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently launching the application through an Interim Final Rule based on the 2018 Farm Bill. The Interim Final Rule doesn’t immediately impact industrial hemp which was or has been cultivated under the 2014 Farm Bill programs, such as Hawai‘i’ s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, as found by a Hawai’i Department of Agriculture press release.

The rule outlines provisions for the USDA to approve plans submitted by tribes and states to the national production of hemp. Additionally, it builds a Federal program for manufacturers in countries or territories of tribes which don’t possess their own USDA-approved program, ” the release stated.

“Through the pilot program, there has been significant interest by existing and potential farmers in growing hemp in Hawai‘i,” stated Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, chairperson of the Hawai’i Board of Agriculture. “The department is examining the new federal regulations and will continue to develop a program to ensure future commercial production of hemp in Hawai‘i.”

With the launch of this USDA Interim Final Rule,” HDOA expects legislative activity tasked with USDA’s leadership to deliver the statutory authority and tools required for Hawai‘i’ of hemp growers to transition in the present pilot program into commercial production.

At the meantime, HDOA proceeds to prepare a strategy for submission to USDA and to operate Hawai‘i’ s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program in agreement with this 2014 Farm Bill and present state legislation, the release stated.

There are now 36 industrial hemp growers authorized at the country under the pilot program.

to learn more on this Interim Final Rule and directions on how the public can submit comments to USDA, go online. The general public comment period is open until Dec. 30, 2019.

For advice about Hawaii’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, check out the HDOA site.