USDA suggests farmers pay hemp-promotions fee, offers no more details on rule changes

美国农业部将规范大麻生产标准

2019-11-05 09:30:03 Hemp Industry

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The agency setting baseline national minimums for hemp production says growers should tax themselves to promote the new crop. A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Heather Pichelman, said Monday in the agency’s first address to hemp growers since releasing national regulations that the industry “has clearly shown interest” in paying fees to promote hemp. “The idea here is that a rising tide lifts all boats,” she said. Pichelman also pleaded with the farmers to weigh in on the USDA’s rules published last week, though she  gave no details about any possible changes to the agency would consider or when. The remarks came less than a week after the USDA dropped 161 pages of production rules outlining who can grow hemp and how it is to be tested for THC content. The rules give states minimum requirements to regulate hemp going into the 2020 growing season. Pichelman said up front during her talk at the Hemp Industries Association annual conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, that she would not answer questions about the new rules or discuss how they will work. Instead, Pichelman reiterated the agency’s intent to help farmers market the new crop. One of the opportunities opened up to the hemp industry upon publication of the regulations is the potential for a national research and marketing program under the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – also known as a checkoff program. Pichelman, who leads a promotions division in the agency, did urge hemp industry members to submit comments to the USDA before Dec. 30. “If you have a question, please share it. USDA may understand. …USDA may need further understanding, but please know, USDA is listening.” “We take those comments seriously. We read those comments. … Let us hear your voice; let us know how (the rule) affects you. The more substance, the better, so we can really understand.” She said industry members can contact her as a liaison if they have any difficulty with the comment period or need to contact someone within the department. The AMS currently oversees promotion orders for 21 different agricultural industries. Some of the agency’s promotions include those for Haas avocados and blueberries as well as the famed “Got Milk?” campaign. Federal marketing programs, once in place, are mandatory assessments for anyone in the industry who is deemed responsible to pay for it. But the agency will not institute a checkoff tax unless stakeholders at all levels of the supply chain are in favor of it, she said. “I’m here today talking about this because the hemp industry has clearly shown interest in a national research and promotion program,” Pichelman said. The AMS begins a promotion by talking with industry stakeholders, then developing a proposal and opening a public comment period. The program offers flexibility for setting up the parameters of a research and promotion plan, including how much is assessed per unit and what the unit will be that is assessed. The program can also assess at different levels of the supply chain. For more information about the hemp rules and promotions, click here. Laura Drotleff can be reached at [email protected]
该机构规定了大麻生产的全国最低标准,表示种植者应该征税以促进新作物的种植。 美国农业部( USDA )的一名高级官员希瑟·皮赫尔曼( Heather Pichelman )周一在该局对大麻种植者发表的首次讲话中表示,该行业“明显表现出兴趣”支付费用,以促进大麻种植。 “这里的想法是,一股上升的浪潮将所有的船只都抬起来,”她说。 皮赫尔曼还恳求农民对美国农业部上周公布的规则进行权衡,尽管她没有透露任何可能改变该机构的细节。 不到一周前,美国农业部公布了161页的生产规则,概述了谁可以种植大麻以及如何测试 THC 内容。 这些规定为各州制定了最低要求,以规范进入2020年生长季的大麻生产。 皮查曼在北卡罗来纳州夏洛特举行的 Hemp Industries Association 年会上发表讲话时说,她不会回答有关新规则的问题,也不会讨论这些规则将如何运作。 相反, Pichelman 重申了该机构帮助农民销售新作物的意图。 法规发布后,大麻行业面临的机遇之一是美国农业部农业营销服务( AMS )下的国家研究和营销计划的潜力——也被称为“结账计划”。 皮查曼领导了该机构的一个推广部门,他敦促大麻行业的成员在12月30日之前向美国农业部提交意见。 “如果你有问题,请分享。美国农业部可能会理解。…美国农业部可能需要进一步了解,但请知道,美国农业部正在倾听。” “我们认真对待这些评论。我们读了这些评论。让我们听到你的声音,让我们知道(规则)如何影响你。物质越多,越好,我们就能真正理解。” 她说,如果行业成员在评论期间有任何困难或需要联系部门内的人,他们可以联系她作为联络人。 AMS 目前监管21个不同农业行业的促销订单。该机构的一些促销活动包括为 Haas 鳄梨、蓝莓以及著名的“ God Milk ”提供的促销活动。“竞选活动。 联邦市场营销计划一旦到位,对于任何被认为有责任为之付费的行业人员都是强制性的评估。 但她说,除非各级供应链的利益相关者支持,否则该机构不会征收核销税。 “我今天在这里讨论这一点,因为大麻产业显然对国家研究和推广计划表现出了兴趣,”皮赫尔曼说。 AMS 开始通过与行业利益相关者进行交流,然后制定提案并开放公众评论期来进行推广。 该计划为制定研究和推广计划的参数提供了灵活性,包括每单位评估的数量和评估的单位。该计划还可以在供应链的不同层次上进行评估。

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