New York Hemp Program Plan Approved by USDA | WIVT

by: Isabel Colello, Richard Romain

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NEW YORK (WWTI/NEWS10) — On Tuesday, New York State’s hemp program plan was approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue the grower licensing program. According to Commissioner Richard A. Ball, the approval will allow New York to continue to administer hemp grower licenses.

Following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, all states interested in administering a national hemp program were required to submit a hemp program plan to the USDA. This program will start on January 1, 2022 and the Department is now accepting applications.

“New York State has been a leader in the hemp industry since launching its pilot program, with growers registered to grow industrial hemp on 30,000 acres,” Commissioner Ball said in a statement. hurry. “Under this new plan, our growers will benefit from stability and consistency in regulation going forward, with the Department’s continued guidance and support.”

New York first launched the Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program in 2015. Throughout its duration, the program had nearly 800 licensed growers and approximately 30,000 acres registered to grow industrial hemp.

All currently licensed producers participating in the New York State program must reapply under this new program to grow hemp in 2022. The current Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program expires on end of 2021.

In addition, all producers will be required to complete the FBI Identity History Summary Check, which must be submitted with the producer license application and completed no later than 60 days prior to submission of the application.

View the complete New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Hemp Program Plan here:

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