How to prepare for new hemp production rules coming next month

With one month left before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases much-anticipated federal hemp production rules, the industry needs to start planning and preparing now for the 2020 season, hemp business experts say.

With the USDA saying it expects to have regulations ready by August, Hemp Industry Daily reached out to legal experts to find out what steps hemp farmers and businesses should be taking now to be in compliance with the rules for the 2020 hemp farming season.

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Attorney Garrett Graff of Hoban Law Group in Denver said he looks forward to the hemp industry cultivating a strong partnership with the USDA and other federal agencies.

“Our hope is the regulations are produced on Aug. 1 (and) that they’re forward-looking; that they’re straightforward; and that they’re workable for the 2020 season,” Graff said, adding he hopes the agency will listen to industry feedback if changes are needed.