Feds approve Oregon’s hemp plan

By on Friday, January 7th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s plan to regulate hemp production statewide has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That approval means the state will continue to be the primary regulator of hemp production.

ODA used state law and the 2014 Farm Bill to regulate hemp but starting on Jan. 1 hemp production throughout the nation has to comply with the 2018 Farm Bill’s provisions as well as the USDA’s domestic hemp production program regulations. ODA had t make some adjustments to its program in order to receive approval.

From now on, each key participant of the grower application must submit a criminal history report. There are also 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. Also, growers must register with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. The changes are in addition to the changes in state laws regarding hemp production in House Bill 3000.

Applications to grow hemp are on the ODA Hemp Growers webpage. Hemp growers are required to have their application approved before they begin operations.