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Even with the extension of the 2014 Farm Bill until September 30, 2021 USDA still plans to have program rules final in time for the 2021 production season and is NOT extending the open public comment period on the Interim Final Rules (IFR). 

The public comment period on the USDA Interim Final Rules (IFR) for Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program, closes tomorrow, October 8, at 11:59pmET! 

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has made clear that submission of evidence-based, solution-driven comments are essential to secure changes to the IFR. If you want to see practical rules adopted as final rules, USDA needs to hear from you!

USDA is interested in input on all aspects of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, but is particularly interested in comments on the following:

  1. Measurement of Uncertainty for Sampling

  2. Liquid Chromatography Factor, 0.877

  3. Disposal and Remediation of Non-Compliant Plants

  4. Negligence

  5. Interstate Commerce

  6. 15-day Harvest Window

  7. Hemp seedlings, microgreens, and clones

  8. Hemp breeding and research

  9. Sampling Methodology – Flower vs. Whole Plant

  10. Sampling Methodology – Homogenous Composition, Frequency, and Volume

  11. Sampling Agents

  12. DEA Laboratory Registration

Now is the time to get involved in understanding the rules and responding to them with solution-based suggestions. Read the rules here.


We have created this Comment Form to help you in submitting comments.  We are happy to submit completed forms to USDA, as long as we receive them no later than 5pm ET, October 8, 2020. 

Please feel free to also draft up your own comments and submit them directly to USDA:

Written comments may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking portal

Comments may also be sent via email to

OR sent by postal mail to:

USDA/AMS/Specialty Crops Program Hemp Branch

470 L’Enfant Plaza SW

PO Box 23192

Washington DC 20026


OCTOBER 8, 2020

BY 11:59PM ET (8:59PM PT)

The future of the Domestic Hemp Industry depends on

your support and our collective action NOW!

Our advocacy cannot stop after the comment submission deadline! The future of your business operations is at stake! We encourage all industry stakeholders to learn more about the AgHS Crossroads Campaign and our efforts to Align Federal Legislation and USDA Rulemaking with the Domestic Hemp Industry.  Things are changing very quickly and it’s essential we all come together now, to protect the future of your businesses.

Contact AgHS!

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