States are challenged with the requirements set by the USDA in its interim final rule on hemp production. The USDA is working with states to make improvements. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the regulatory portion is expensive and the USDA is considering two regulatory processes to split grain and fiber production from CBD oil. “CBD is the unexplored area. We’ve had some CBD production, but that may require a different regulatory process with respect to sampling protocols and some of the ways that product needs to be handled,” said Goehring. “I almost sense there will be an opportunity to probably get that program modified as we go forward or at least the rules.” North Dakota submitted a hemp plan to the USDA, but it was not approved, because of inconsistencies with the interim final rule. North Dakota will continue its hemp pilot program in 2020.
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