USDA Continues To Review Hemp Program Comments

The USDA has approved the hemp plans for half of the states in the U.S. and nearly 40 tribes. However, the USDA is also in the process of reviewing public comments for the U.S. domestic hemp production program interim final rule. “We’re interested to hear feedback on topics like disposal under mediation of non-compliant plants, […]

USDA Reopens Hemp Comment Period

The USDA has reopened the comment period for domestic hemp production under the interim final rule. “Last October, we published the interim final rules for the production of hemp,” noted Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator, Bruce Summers. “And when we did that we said that we would get stakeholders an additional opportunity comments on their experience […]

Food Box Program Continues To Help Those In Need

Under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, better known as CFAP, the USDA’s AMS runs the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. “As of this week we will have delivered about 80 million boxes of food to 10,000 charities around the United States and the four territories,” noted AMS administrator Bruce Summers. “It’s not just a […]

USDA: CFAP Applications Due Friday

Many specialty crops are grown here in the Northwest. And if you’re a specialty crop producer, and think your crop is not eligible for CFAP payments, you might want to check again.  “There are more than 130 speciality crops there are eligible for the program,” said AMS Administrators Bruce Summers. “The list starts with alfalfa […]

USDA Food Boxes Contain Food From Across The Country

USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program has been helpful to producers in states like Mississippi. “Our boxes contain sweet potatoes from Ponotoc, MS,  from Fury Eagles and NW Farms, chicken nuggets from Cook Foods in Morton, MS, ham and smoked sausage from Poke’s Meat in McGee, MS, and  Cook chicken strips from southern New […]

USDA Seeks Public Comment On Hemp Rule

Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator, Bruce Summers, says public input is important as USDA continues to develop the nation’s hemp industry.   “Interim final rule included a public comment period so we can hear from producers state departments of agriculture and all sectors of the industry,” Summers recently said.  “The public comment period, which was extended […]

Will Legal Limit of THC Change?

One of the biggest questions facing those looking at growing hemp: Could the USDA raise the legal limit of permitted THC?   “To go from point three to one percent would have to be a statutory change in other words congress would have to take action,” said AMS Administrator, Bruce Summers. “We couldn’t do that […]