Farm Bill

The US government, along with the USDA, passed the Farm Bill in December 2018, which provides support to United States farmers and helps them address many of the crucial programs regarding cultivation & agriculture. The bill not only addresses farmers, but also ranchers and forest managers by efficiently implementing disaster programs, farm support programs, efforts to promote and support voluntary conservation, and improvements to crop insurance.

With regards to cannabis, the 2018 Farm Bill reclassified hemp species and made it legal to grow industrial hemp in the USA. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published the guidelines on how state entities will have to submit proposals which will allow producers to grow hemp in their areas. Hemp producers who receive the license to grow hemp are required to report their planted acreage and license number to their local FSA office. Producers may also be eligible for FSA programs, but some additional requirements may be required.