N.J. farmers can grow hemp in 2020, feds say
Hemp grows at North 40 Flower Farm in North Hampton, New York. The N.J. Department of Agriculture’s state plan to grow hemp received approval from the USDA Friday. (Amanda Hoover | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) Amanda Hoover | NJ Advance Media
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The start of the new year will bring a new cash crop to New Jersey after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the state’s plan to grow hemp.
As of Friday, the USDA has given three states and three Native American tribes the green light to grow the plant, a mild cousin of marijuana. In addition to New Jersey, Louisiana and Ohio’s proposals received approval.
Grown legally, hemp has only small amounts of the compound THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that causes a high. The plant can be used to make plastics, clothing, food and legal CBD products. Industry analysts predict hemp production could top $22 billion in coming years.
The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the federal controlled substances list and mandated the USDA make a plan for its production. The agency did so in October, releasing a long-awaited list of rules for growing hemp domestically.
With the quick approval, New Jersey jumps in front of other states, despite the fact that no hemp has been planted in the Garden State under its own pilot program. Meanwhile, farmers grew some 500,000 acres of hemp nationwide last year.
Now, farmers must apply for licenses to grow hemp under the state’s regulations. According to the state agriculture department’s website, the links for applications to grow and process hemp are expected to be available within the next week.
More than two dozen other states have submitted plans for approval or are in the process of drafting them, and several others continue to operate under pilot programs.
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N.J. farmers can grow hemp in 2020, feds say Hemp grows at North 40 Flower Farm in North Hampton, New York. The N.J. Department of Agriculture’s state plan to grow hemp received approval from the
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The New Jersey Hemp Farming Act was enacted in August 2019. This new legislation complies with the 2018 Farm Bill, which authorized hemp producers to grow and sell hemp for commercial purposes.
On December 27, New Jersey was among the first three states to have its Hemp Program approved by the USDA.
It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that the transfer or sale of any hemp material complies with all applicable state and federal laws. All hemp materials must be appropriately identified or labeled during transit.
Please review the “2020 New Jersey Hemp Program Instructions and Attachments for Participants” whether you are applying as a grower or as a processor/handler. The packet includes forms that are necessary to complete your application and other helpful information.
The New Jersey Hemp Program is actively processing complete hemp license applications. Please contact the department for special instructions on the fingerprinting process through Identogo/Idemia at [email protected]
Please note that the New Jersey Department of Agriculture cannot address questions about pending or future legislation regarding recreational use of marijuana, as this is not within the Department’s purview.
Recreational Marijuana – Please note that the New Jersey Department of Agriculture cannot address questions about pending or future legislation regarding recreational use of marijuana, as this is not within the Department’s purview.
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