US: USDA to seek White House permission for national hemp survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requesting permission from the White House to conduct a survey of about 20,000 farmers to collect data on hemp production.

In a notice published in the Federal Register on Thursday, the department said it wants to launch an annual “Hemp Acreage and Production Survey,” and is soliciting public comment on whether the effort would be useful and how to most effectively administer it to minimize the burden on respondents.

This appears to be a follow up to a February notice USDA posted on its intent to request the survey from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

It’s unclear at this point what information USDA would specifically be requesting about hemp, but the title—”Hemp Acreage and Production Survey”—indicates that it would help inform issues related to cultivation that the department oversees since the crop was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.

The notice explains that cannabis containing no more than 0.3 percent THC is federally legalized and hemp is “a commodity that can be used for numerous industrial and horticultural purposes including fabric, paper, construction materials, food products, cosmetics, production of cannabinoids (such as cannabidiol or CBD), and other products.”


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