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 made in the United States, only hemp made in accordance with the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production System and/or the 2014 Farm Bill may well be certified as organic, if made in accordance with USDA organic regulations. USDA accredited certifiers and certified organic operations must direct queries 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 no matter whether merchandise may well be certified as organic.”
This updated policy applies to certifying agents that have been accredited by the National Organic System (NOP). It is intended to update the August 2016 version of NOP 2040.
Study USDA’s Announcement