- The VAAFM, a hemp program agency in Vermont, has started a new process for conducting contactless records inspections.
- The process begins with a phone call to the registrant. This is followed by an email, and the registrants are asked to provide the requested information within 10 business days of receiving the form.
- As the COVID pandemic continues into 2021, more states will be looking for ways to remotely assist members of the hemp industry.
In an attempt to lower close contact in one-on-one situations, the Hemp Program in the state of Vermont has started to conduct contactless records inspections. The inspection process begins with a phone call, is followed-up with an email, and uses online inspection forms in order to gather the relevant information.
The Hemp Program, known as the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Market (VAAFM), released this new format to create a safer experience during the COVID pandemic. It’s helping them to:
- Stay engaged with the hemp community
- Gather vital data regarding the hemp industry
- Inform registered members of the community about the Vermont hemp rules
- Offer compliance assistance
The inspection forms being used give the agency crucial information regarding a registrant’s harvested lots, total yields, and results from contamination testing. Registrants are asked to provide the information within 10 days of receiving the form.
Despite contamination testing results being mandatory on the records inspections, the state of Vermont is not changing their sampling protocols. Producers can still create their own hemp samples to be sent in for testing. However, if the tests reveal a THC level that is above 0.3%, the grower must notify state hemp officials for appropriate action to be taken.
This new process is likely to be the first of many to come across the United States in 2021, as the COVID pandemic shows no sign of slowing down. With no predictable time table for when things will return to “normal,” the hemp industry must continue to adapt in order to survive in an unstable economy.