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CBD Daily News October 19 2020

posted Oct 19, 2020, 8:52 AM by Scott Salisbury

Bottom line: Hemp was supposed to breathe new life into the industry after a steady agricultural downturn since farm earnings peaked in 2013. Compared to other corners of agriculture, hemp growers held up relatively well early in the pandemic. But even then, advocates worried that the slow-going regulatory process would stifle what was promised to be a bountiful new frontier in farming — a warning that’s increasingly proving true with harvesting now underway.

The major issues addressed in the IFR Submission to USDA are:

· Change the sample to be a whole plant composite

· USDA issued Processor Permits to close the legal gap between farm and consumer

· Change harvest window from 15 day to 30 business days

· Change negligence level to at least 1%

· Eliminate DEA certified lab requirement

· Provide options other than destruction for hot crop You can read the full submitted comments here.

The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make a series of changes to its proposed hemp rules that in their current form threaten to “stifle” the newly legal industry.The agency's independent Office of Advocacy said that while it appreciates that USDA reopened a public comment period on its Interim Final Rule for the crop, small businesses “remain deeply concerned about the impact this rule will have on their ability to legally grow hemp should the rule be finalized without any modifications.”

New York 
“We have another year where we actually feel safe and growing hemp in New York State,"