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Section By Section Break Down of Hemp in the New Farm Bill

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Agricultural Hemp Solutions, LLC (AGHS) brings you a section- by- section break down of hemp clauses in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill). Below you will find each Title, Section, and/or Subtitle where hemp is mentioned throughout the 1006 pages of the Senate Farm Bill (for full text of Farm Bill click here). This bill is headed to the Senate floor for a final vote before heading to the House. There are several sections that reference hemp that will change the industry for the better and clear up ambiguity with other Federal Agencies.


Subtitle A – National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977

Sec. 7125 Supplemental and Alternative Crops; Hemp

This section reauthorizes a research project for supplemental and alternative crops including canola and hemp.

Subtitle D—Other Laws

Sec. 7401 Critical Agricultural Materials Act

This section reauthorizes the Critical Agricultural Materials Act and includes hemp as an eligible product.  

Sec. 7415 Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research

This section requires the Secretary to conduct a study and report on the economic viability of the domestic production and sale of industrial hemp.


Sec. 10111 Hemp Production

This section amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to allow states to regulate hemp growth and production, based on a state or tribal plan that includes information on locations of hemp production, testing for THC concentration, disposal of plants that are out of compliance, and negligence or other violations of the state or tribal plan. Requires states and tribes without USDA approved plans to follow federal laws and regulations promulgated by USDA on hemp production.

Sec. 10112 Rule of Construction

This section clarifies that nothing in this title authorizes interference with the interstate commerce of hemp.   


Sec. 11101 Definitions

This section defines cover crop termination and defines hemp as used in section 297A  of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946.

Sec. 11106 Insurance period

This section amends section 508(a)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act by adding hemp.

Sec. 11112 Submission of policies and materials to board.

This section amends section 508(h) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act to allow the Corporation to waive the viability  and marketability requirement in the case of a policy or pilot program relating to the production of hemp.

Sec. 11120 Agricultural commodity

This section amends section 518 of the Federal Crop Insurance Act by adding hemp.

Sec. 11121 Reimbursement of research, development, and maintenance costs

Amends section 522(b) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act to allow the Board and Corporation to waive the viability and marketability requirements in the case of research


Subtitle F – General Provisions

Sec. 12608 Conforming Changes to Controlled Substances Act

This section Amends the existing exemptions to the defined term.    

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