USDA Wants Farmers To Pay Fees For Hemp Promotions

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that is known for setting standard national minimums for the hemp production has decided to introduce taxes for farmers who wish to promote new crops. The national regulations will help the agency focus solely on working toward paying fees to promote hemp. The new rules and regulations will help boost hemp production. The farmers have been advised to comply with the USDA’s rules even though no details related to the changes in the agency have been disclosed. The USDA basically wants the farmers to know that they are there to listen and reconsider their voices. The agency had discarded its 161 pages of production rules that focused only on the hemp production and tests for THC.

By the growing period of 2020, the new rules will give states minimum requirements to regulate hemp. The agency wants to help hemp producers market their new crop. One of the major outcomes of the regulations is that the chances for marketing program and national research under the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which is commonly called a checkoff program, has opened up. The hemp industries have been given a chance to submit their opinions before December 31, 2019. The agency will start looking into people’s opinions and also work toward increasing the supply chain and conducting research or promotion plans.

In a similar context, the USDA has set new interim rules for the hemp manufacture and it is believed to provide federal protections for the yield. This new regulation will help hemp farmers become eligible for the programs under Risk Management Agency (RMA), the Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The farmers will also have access to disaster assistance, federal loans, conservation programs, and crop insurance. However, the USDA does not provide crop insurance programs for the crops ruined beyond 0.3% THC limit as per the Congress rules.

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