USDA establishes Domestic Hemp Production Program


U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) today applauded U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for announcing the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“I appreciate Secretary Perdue introducing these rules allowing farmers in North Dakota and around the country to apply existing farm programs to this new, promising crop. Hemp provides them a new cash crop which is drought resistant, good for our land, and allows for more diversification,” said Senator Cramer. “North Dakota has led the way in research and development of hemp for years. I urge those same leaders and all of our agricultural stakeholders to work with USDA and offer their insight to ensure this program works best for them.”

Senator Cramer supported the creation of this program when he served on the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee. Later this week, USDA will publish an interim final rule formalizing this program which allows hemp to be grown under federally-approved plans and makes hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. Click here for more information from USDA.