USDA Clarifies Policy on Organic Certification of Hemp

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a clarification of their policy for the organic certification of hemp. The updated policy states:

“For hemp produced in the United States, only hemp produced in accordance with the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program and/or the 2014 Farm Bill may be certified as organic, if produced in accordance with USDA organic regulations. USDA accredited certifiers and certified organic operations should direct questions about the status of their State or Tribe hemp program to State and Tribe officials. For imported hemp, existing regulations and guidelines continue to govern whether products may be certified as organic.”

This updated policy applies to certifying agents that have been accredited by the National Organic Program (NOP). It is intended to update the August 2016 version of NOP 2040.

Read USDA’s Announcement