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USDA Announces Second Open Public Comment Period on IFR!

September 4, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just announced the opening of the public comment period for the imminent final rulemaking on the USDA Interim Final Rules (IFR), implementing the 2018 Farm Bill. The public comment period will open on September 8, 2020.

Submission of evidence-based, solution-driven comments are essential to secure changes to the IFR and adoption of rational final rules.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) 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

The public comment period is only open for 30 days, until October 8.

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

AgHS is available to help you with drafting and submission of your comments!

Please contact us at for details on engagement and the “Crossroads Campaign”!

Written comments may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking portal at

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

Comments are due by 11:59pm ET (8:59pm PT)

October 8, 2020.

The future of the Domestic Hemp Industry depends on your support and our collective action NOW!

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