Hemp farmers eligible for USDA programs under new federal rules

Nationwide hemp production rules that took effect Thursday come with new federal protections for the crop.

Starting in the 2020 growing year, cultivators licensed under federally approved production programs will have the same access to federal loans, crop insurance, disaster assistance and conservation programs that farmers of other commodities have under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA’s) various agencies.

The USDA’s new interim final rule for hemp production is the first step to enabling hemp farmers’ eligibility for those programs under the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Once states and American Indian tribes that plan to regulate hemp production receive federal approval, permitted farmers can begin to apply for those programs, according to Bill Northey, USDA undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation.

Published October 31, 2019 | By Laura Drotleff

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