USDA approves Delaware Domestic Hemp Production Program
Delaware is now the second state on the East Coast to receive approval to administer a domestic hemp programme.
“I want to commend the staff at the Department of Agriculture for putting together a successful plan for smart domestic hemp production in Delaware,” said Governor John Carney. “Not only does this help offer another crop for our farmers to produce, but it provides value-added products that will continue to grow small business in our state.”
“The final approval creates opportunities for growers within the state,” said Secretary of Agriculture, Michael T. Scuse. “We know that many growers are looking to produce hemp for oil, but as with any farming operation, it is important to diversify to help spread the risk.” Hemp biomass is also often used to produce clothing textiles, industrial textiles, paper, building materials and products to support other agricultural industries.
The 2018 Farm Bill permanently legalised hemp and hemp products, establishing them as agricultural commodities, and removing them from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act.
With the approval, Delaware assumes ‘primary regulatory responsibility for hemp production within its jurisdiction.’ Manufacturing of hemp products for human and animal consumption will remain under the authority of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“This has been a long time coming, but I am excited that our hard work has paid off and the State Plan has been approved by USDA,” said Plant Industries Administrator, Jessica Inhof. “Now we can move forward to finalise the forms and participant guides, as well as the state regulations. I look forward to the 2020 growing season and the future of the Delaware Domestic Hemp Production Program.”