The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) hemp regulation program has officially been approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), meaning the state is now beholden to an additional set of rules regarding how they regulate the production of hemp.
Where before Oregon’s hemp production was regulated in accordance with 2014 Farm Bill provisions and their own revised statutes, they now require all applicants to comply with the US Domestic Hemp Production Program.
Effective on March 22, 2021, the USDA final rule on hemp regulation set forth several provisions brought about by “public comments and lessons learned during the 2020 growing season.”
These provisions cover the appropriate time window for pre-harvest sample collection, testing the hemp plants with DEA-approved labs, proper disposal of “non-compliant plants,” and, of course, close monitoring of THC levels, among other rules.
As always, all hemp growers and handlers throughout the state must be approved before they actually start producing—this requirement remained unchanged after federal approval.
As more state departments of agriculture move for federal approval—especially popular hemp states like Oregon, Colorado, and Kentucky—the infrastructure is that much better prepared for federally legal CBD products.
To learn more about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Domestic Hemp Production Program, check out the Agricultural Marketing Service site.