— Written By Marne Coit

The United States Division of Agriculture (USDA) has released a clarification of their policy for the organic certification of hemp. The updated policy states:

“For hemp created in the United States, only hemp created in accordance with the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Plan and/or the 2014 Farm Bill may perhaps be certified as organic, if created in accordance with USDA organic regulations. USDA accredited certifiers and certified organic operations ought to direct concerns about the status of their State or Tribe hemp plan to State and Tribe officials. For imported hemp, current regulations and suggestions continue to govern regardless of whether goods may perhaps be certified as organic.”

This updated policy applies to certifying agents that have been accredited by the National Organic Plan (NOP). It is intended to update the August 2016 version of NOP 2040.

Study USDA’s Announcement