VT Agency of Agriculture: Vermont Hemp Production Plan Will End On December 31

Heady Vermont Staff 7 Jul 2022

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) will withdraw its Agricultural Marketing Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Hemp Production Plan as of December 31, 2022. This is a final step in the transition of the hemp program from the auspices of VAAFM to the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

The Vermont Hemp Program will continue to operate through the end of 2022 and remain the point of contact for all hemp growers regarding oversight, administration, and daily operation.  This includes inquiries about sampling, testing, remediation and disposal, and requirements for annual reporting. Vermont is currently operating under its USDA approved hemp production plan. 

Beginning January 1, 2023, individuals that want to cultivate hemp and operate in compliance with federal law will be required to have a license issued under the U. S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. The federal Farm Bill of 2018 established the regulatory framework for a U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, and USDA adopted final rules in January of 2021 to implement that framework.  

Information on USDA’s program can be found online. The Agency will work closely with USDA as this transition takes place and will communicate with growers to make sure they are aware of the transition and steps necessary to continue to cultivate hemp in Vermont in compliance with federal law.

For more information on hemp regulation in Vermont, please contact Stephanie Smith, [email protected] or Michael DiTomasso, [email protected]. 

Additionally, with the passage of Vermont Act 158  the regulatory oversight of testing of hemp products and hemp-infused products transferred from the Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets to the Cannabis Control Board. This authority includes the certification of laboratories conducting testing as well as setting contaminants action limits in cannabis, hemp and infused products. For more information contact the Cannabis Control Board at [email protected] 

Press release originally published on State of Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets website.

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