ATLANTA — The interim final rule formalizing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program published in the Federal Register today outlines the regulatory framework for the cultivation of industrial hemp in accordance to the 2018 Farm Bill. The rule includes provisions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve hemp production plans developed by states. The Georgia Department of Agriculture submitted its plan for review on July 10, 2019. We are currently reviewing the USDA proposed rule to amend the Georgia plan to comply with the federal rule.
USDA expects to approve state plans within 60 days of submittal. Once approved, Georgia will move swiftly to propose a final state rule that complies with U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program and the Georgia Hemp Farming Act. Following a 30 day comment period, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, Georgia’s rule will be finalized after posting final notice for 20 days with the Georgia Secretary of State.
–Georgia Department of Agriculture