USDA Approves New York’s State Hemp Plan

USDA Approves New York’s State Hemp Plan

The state is now accepting new grower applications for 2022.

January 5, 2022

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ (NYSDA) Hemp Program Plan.

According to a recent press release, the approved plan allows the NYSDA to continue issuing licenses for hemp growers this year. It includes “new guidelines for growers, including sampling and testing requirements.”

“New York State has been a leader in the hemp industry since the launch of its pilot program, with producers registered to grow industrial hemp on 30,000 acres,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “Under this new plan, our growers will have stability and consistency in regulations moving forward, with continued guidance and support from the Department. We look forward to continuing to administer this important program, which provides growers with an avenue to diversify crops and tap into new markets.”

Farmers looking to grow, cultivate, or sell hemp seeds in 2022 must apply and receive a license from the NYSDA to do so. Additionally, already licensed growers must reapply under the new program, the release states.

Applications are now open, and farmers can apply here. To apply for a license, individuals must submit a completed application, pay a $500 nonrefundable application fee, complete an FBI Identity History Summary Check within 60 days of submission, provide photos to show storage and growing locations, and more, according to the Department’s website

Once the completed application is submitted, the NYDSA will review it and mail a New York Hemp License to the applicant if their application is approved.

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