U.S. Territory and Four Tribes Receive USDA Approval for Hemp Production Plans

Field of Hemp Plants
  • The Virgin Islands and four tribes received approval from the USDA for their 2020 hemp production plans.
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands are the first territory to have their hemp production rules approved under the interim rules for the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • So far, 17 states and 29 tribes have their production plans approved.

The Virgin Islands and four American Indian tribes received the green light from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for their hemp production plans as the 2020 growing season is about to begin.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is officially marked as the first territory to have their hemp production plan approved by the USDA under the interim rules from the 2018 Farm Bill. The territory has never produced hemp in the past, but openly sells CBD products within its borders.

According to the approved plan, the Virgin Islands’ Department of Agriculture will be responsible for research and production oversight. The department is officially named the University of the Virgin Islands and the Industrial Hemp Commission.

Four tribes also received USDA approval for hemp production, including:

  • Chippewa Cree Tribe
  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

These tribal approvals bring the grand total for approved tribal plans to 29. Four plans are still currently under review, while one is pending resubmission and three are still working on drafts.

So far, 17 states have received USDA approval for their hemp production plan. Some states, such as Montana, have received approval for their 2020 growth plans but are choosing to operate under the 2014 pilot research program.

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