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GenCanna Applauds the USDA’s Release of the Interim Final Rule for Hemp Production

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WINCHESTER, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 29, 2019–

When the 2018 Farm Bill (PL-115-334) was signed into law last December, we took a moment to celebrate. We quickly got back to work, because when you’re truly building something, you know that change comes incrementally. It’s been a long five years and we’re proud to have helped achieve this. Today the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued their Interim Final Rule for hemp production as mandated in the 2018 Farm Bill. This long awaited guidance is the next step forward for legal hemp production in the United States and our work to continue developing and iterating must continue.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks about hemp at GenCanna event in Winchester (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are excited by the news from USDA today. This large step forward bridges the 2014 Farm Bill’s industrial hemp pilot program into the 2018 Farm Bill’s commercialization of hemp production,” said Steve Bevan, President and Executive Chair of GenCanna. Mr. Bevan continued, “We would expect that GenCanna and Kentucky’s hemp farmers are well positioned, because the Interim Final Rule is consistent with KDA’s regulatory framework. KDA leadership under Commissioner Ryan Quarles has clearly positioned Kentucky hemp growers as the epicenter of compliant USA hemp production.”

“It is clear that under the USDA’s interim final rule, AMS has taken every possible step to protect the interests of farmers. Their disposition is most prominently stated in their testing protocols […]

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