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Feds OK Oregon Dept. of Agriculture hemp regulations; some rules change as a result

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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s plan to regulate hemp production statewide. The approval allows the state through ODA to continue as the primary regulator of hemp production in Oregon, the agency said Thursday.

ODA previously operated its Hemp Program using the authorities provided by Oregon Revised Statutes and the 2014 Farm Bill.

As of Jan. 1, hemp production throughout the U.S. must comply with the 2018 federal Farm Bill’s hemp provisions and USDA’s Domestic Hemp Production Program regulations.

In addition, state departments of agriculture with USDA-approved plans, like ODA, must regulate hemp production in accordance with the 2018 federal Farm Bill’s hemp provisions and USDA’s Domestic Hemp Production Program regulations.

The new federal hemp regulations required some adjustments to ODA’s Hemp Program. Notable changes in response to the new federal rules include:

  • Each key participant on the grower application must submit a criminal history report to ODA
  • Reporting requirements for the location and acreage of hemp planted
  • The maximum window to collect samples before harvest must be no more than 30 days
  • Growers must register with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)

The changes above are in addition to the Oregon Legislatures changes to the State Laws regarding Hemp through House Bill 3000.

A key requirement remains the same, all Oregon hemp growers and handlers must first have their license approved before starting hemp production. Applications to grow hemp are on the ODA Hemp Growers webpage. Additionally, find information about ODA’s Hemp Program, the approved state plan, and the newly adopted rules on the Hemp Laws and Rules webpage. For all ODA Hemp Program updates, subscribe to the ODA Hemp listserv.

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  1. There is a lot less “hemp” being grown around here this year than 2 years ago, I wonder why? The regs need to spell out what happens with all the leftovers like the stems and the miles of plastic they use in the fields.

      1. Don’t worry if conversations are over your head, you will be okay. Next time you are around a hemp operation, notice the plastic barrier they use on the mounds they plant their hemp on, weed barrier/evaporation barrier, whichever it is, the growers have to dispose of it somewhere. The one operation near me burns the leftovers, both organic and some/all of the plastic, at night.

        1. Crying about illegal burning on the KTVZ KOmments instead of pursuing a sane path of recourse (like contacting authorities, just for basic example), all while attempting to belittle another commenter is all too ridiculous. Stop, just stop. You don’t even know the nomenclature of basic farming and yet here you are pretending you know what you’re talking about.

    1. stop thinking so much, it doesn’t suit you. There is less hemp, dramatically less so, because of a few factors. The most pertinent being that the bulk of people who began growing hemp didn’t know how to grow it. Plus, add in the fact that most of the crop was lost 2 season ago due to major storms and frost, and farmers figured out that hemp wasn’t a $ printing machine. Since you’re clearly ignorant, it makes me wonder why you even comment in the first place. Boredom? No Friends? What say you about all the hundreds of other local crops and livestock being grown locally, and all the leftovers and waste it produces? Shut up.

  2. Up growers bunch of fools and wannabe growers trying to get rich quick…. You missed it and once you started it was too late, unless you are the guys from the Cascadia farm or the Cyrus family you were just following the heard, copy cat’s got what you deserve

    1. That’s funny….

      Neither of us grow Hemp anymore and we both had different agendas for starting it in the first place. That was pretty fun but there’s better business development and revenue opportunities in legal cannabis as the market matures and we prepare for national legalization and interstate commerce.

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