The USDA has approved Delaware’s proposed plan for the Delaware Domestic Hemp Production Program. This means that the state can start accepting hemp production applications. Any hemp products intended for consumption by humans or animals must still be regulated by the FDA.
The required registration materials have already been released via the Delaware Department of Agriculture website, according to the Cape Gazette. The Department of Agriculture is responsible only for regulating hemp production. No limits on how many acres of hemp will be set.
Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse said, “The final approval creates opportunities for growers within the state. We know that many growers are looking to produce hemp for oil, but as with any farming operation, it is important to diversify to help spread the risk.”
Governor Carney said, “I want to commend the staff at the Department of Agriculture for putting together a successful plan for smart domestic hemp production in Delaware. Not only does this help offer another crop for our farmers to produce, but it provides value-added products that will continue to grow small business in our state.”
Any seeds purchased must comply with the Delaware Seed Law and the Federal Seed Law. Labels, contents and seed tags must be compliant. Cards will be issued to those that receive approved applications should law enforcement question the crop.
The application window closes on May 7.