(WFRV) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final rule for the establishment of a domestic hemp production program.
According to officals the program is effective on Monday, March 22.
Wisconsin will continue to operate under the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill through 2021, but Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is reportedly working to establish an emergency rule that will allow growers to use some of the provisions of the final rule this year.
The DATCP says it anticipates publishing the emergency rule in May. This emergency rule would reportedly provide a way for hemp growers to remediate their crop if an initial regulatory THC test identifies that the crop exceeds the limit of 0.3% total delta-9 THC.
The new federal rule also caps negligent violations at one per year.
According to officials, sampling of hemp plants can now include the sampling of the top 8 inches of the plant, versus the top 2 inches.