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US (WI): "We need more certified hemp samplers"

In the summer of 2020, Jake Mohr worked as an industrial hemp inspector for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Mohr, who lives in Onalaska, said he enjoyed traveling to hemp farms and greenhouses to take plant samples, which he passed along to DATCP's lab in Madison to ensure the crop was within the legal limit of THC.

When DATCP officials announced in September that the state was handing over regulation of the industry to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mohr decided to look into what it takes to become an inspector at the federal level. Mohr said he is currently working for an organic certification company that does work with hemp producers and he is hoping his employer will want to add THC sampling to their services. "I'd like to do it again because I've been working from home for over a year now and I'm getting sick of staring out the same window," Mohr said.

Mohr is one of only two USDA-certified hemp sampling agents in Wisconsin, as of December 8th, but the state's hemp industry will need more people to take up the job in order for the transition to federal regulation in 2022 to be a success.

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