Vermont abandons hemp program less than one year after it started

Vermont is giving up on its hemp program less than one year after a state plan for the sector was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The state’s farmers will operate directly under federal rules beginning next year after the state program, which received the federal farm agency’s approval in late 2021, ends in December 2022.

Anson Tebbetts, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM), informed the USDA of the decision in a letter earlier this month.

Vermont growers will need licenses from USDA’s Domestic Hemp Production program beginning Jan. 1, 2023, VAAFM said in a subsequent announcement.

In his letter, Tebbetts said “VAAFM appreciated the opportunity to operate a state hemp production program. It will continue to provide business support to producers and processors as it is able, and hopes the hemp grain, fiber and cannabinoid markets in the state continue to grow.”

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