Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program, 69295 [2019-27245]

Download as PDF 69295 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 243 Wednesday, December 18, 2019 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of the Secretary 7 CFR Part 2 Delegations of Authority by the Secretary of Agriculture and General Officers of the Department CFR Correction In Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1 to 26, revised as of January 1, 2019, on page 197, in § 2.22, paragraphs (xiv) and (xv), between paragraphs (a)(1)(viii)(X) and (a)(1)(viii)(Y) are removed. ■ [FR Doc. 2019–27405 Filed 12–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 31301–00–D DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 990 [Doc. No. AMS–SC–19–0042; SC19–990–2 IR] Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Interim final rule with request for comments; extension of comment period due date. AGENCY: The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period due date for an interim final rule published on October 31, 2019, by an additional thirty (30) days from December 30, 2019 to January 29, 2020. The interim final rule establishes a domestic hemp production program pursuant to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The rule outlines provisions for the Department khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:51 Dec 17, 2019 Jkt 250001 of Agriculture (USDA) to approve plans submitted by States and Indian Tribes for the domestic production of hemp. It also establishes a Federal plan for producers in States or territories of Indian Tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved plan. The program includes provisions for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced, testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements, licensing requirements, and ensuring compliance with the requirements of the new part. DATES: Comments due dates: The comment period for the interim final rule published on October 31, 2019 (84 FR 58522), is extended. Comments received by January 29, 2020, will be considered prior to issuance of a final rule. Additionally, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), comments on the information collection burden must also be received by January 29, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this rule and the proposed information collection. Comments should be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be filed with Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; or Fax: (202) 720–8938. All comments should reference the document number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business hours or can be viewed at: www.regulations.gov. All comments submitted in response to this rule will be included in the record and will be made available to the public. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Richmond, Chief, U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Telephone: (202) 720–2491, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or Email: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 William.Richmond@usda.gov or Patty Bennett, Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA at the same address and phone number above or Email: Patty.Bennett@usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on complying with this regulation by contacting Richard Lower, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Telephone: (202) 720– 2491, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or Email: Richard.Lower@usda.gov. This rule (84 FR 58522) was issued under Section 10113 of Public Law 115–334, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). Section 10113 amended the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA) by adding Subtitle G (sections 297A through 297D of the AMA). Section 297B of the AMA requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to evaluate and approve or disapprove State or Tribal plans regulating the production of hemp. Section 297C of the AMA requires the Secretary to establish a Federal plan for producers in States and territories of Indian Tribes not covered by plans approved under section 297B. Lastly, section 297D of the AMA requires the Secretary to promulgate regulations and guidelines relating to the production of hemp in consultation with the U.S. Attorney General. USDA is committed to issuing the final rule expeditiously after reviewing public comments and obtaining additional information during the initial implementation. USDA may request more comments after the 2020 growing season has ended. In response to requests by commenters to AMS and executive departments and agencies that the public comment due date for this rule be extended, AMS is extending the comment period by an additional thirty (30) days to January 29, 2020. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: December 10, 2019. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2019–27245 Filed 12–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P E:\FR\FM\18DER1.SGM 18DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 990

[Doc. No. AMS-SC-19-0042; SC19-990-2 IR]


Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Interim final rule with request for comments; extension of 
comment period due date.

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SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural 
Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period due date for an 
interim final rule published on October 31, 2019, by an additional 
thirty (30) days from December 30, 2019 to January 29, 2020. The 
interim final rule establishes a domestic hemp production program 
pursuant to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The rule outlines 
provisions for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve plans 
submitted by States and Indian Tribes for the domestic production of 
hemp. It also establishes a Federal plan for producers in States or 
territories of Indian Tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved 
plan. The program includes provisions for maintaining information on 
the land where hemp is produced, testing the levels of delta-9 
tetrahydrocannabinol, disposing of plants not meeting necessary 
requirements, licensing requirements, and ensuring compliance with the 
requirements of the new part.

DATES: Comments due dates: The comment period for the interim final 
rule published on October 31, 2019 (84 FR 58522), is extended. Comments 
received by January 29, 2020, will be considered prior to issuance of a 
final rule. Additionally, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act 
(PRA), comments on the information collection burden must also be 
received by January 29, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning this rule and the proposed information collection. Comments 
should be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking portal at 
www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be filed with Docket Clerk, 
Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, 
USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-
0237; or Fax: (202) 720-8938. All comments should reference the 
document number and the date and page number of this issue of the 
Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in 
the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business hours or can be 
viewed at: www.regulations.gov. All comments submitted in response to 
this rule will be included in the record and will be made available to 
the public.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Richmond, Chief, U.S. Domestic 
Hemp Production Program, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; 
Telephone: (202) 720-2491, Fax: (202) 720-8938, or Email: 
[email protected] or Patty Bennett, Director, Marketing Order 
and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA at the same 
address and phone number above or Email: [email protected].
    Small businesses may request information on complying with this 
regulation by contacting Richard Lower, Marketing Order and Agreement 
Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Telephone: (202) 720-2491, 
Fax: (202) 720-8938, or Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This rule (84 FR 58522) was issued under 
Section 10113 of Public Law 115-334, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 
2018 (2018 Farm Bill). Section 10113 amended the Agricultural Marketing 
Act of 1946 (AMA) by adding Subtitle G (sections 297A through 297D of 
the AMA). Section 297B of the AMA requires the Secretary of Agriculture 
(Secretary) to evaluate and approve or disapprove State or Tribal plans 
regulating the production of hemp. Section 297C of the AMA requires the 
Secretary to establish a Federal plan for producers in States and 
territories of Indian Tribes not covered by plans approved under 
section 297B. Lastly, section 297D of the AMA requires the Secretary to 
promulgate regulations and guidelines relating to the production of 
hemp in consultation with the U.S. Attorney General. USDA is committed 
to issuing the final rule expeditiously after reviewing public comments 
and obtaining additional information during the initial implementation. 
USDA may request more comments after the 2020 growing season has ended. 
In response to requests by commenters to AMS and executive departments 
and agencies that the public comment due date for this rule be 
extended, AMS is extending the comment period by an additional thirty 
(30) days to January 29, 2020.

    Dated: December 10, 2019.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-27245 Filed 12-17-19; 8:45 am]
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