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Oregon Department Of Agriculture Adopts Industrial Hemp Rules

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industrial hemp cultivation oregonThe Oregon Department of Agriculture has adopted administrative rules that allow for industrial hemp production and create a framework for a new agricultural industry in the state. The rules define production and handling requirements while establishing a permit and licensing process for growers of industrial hemp, which includes fees associated with ODA’s program. With the adoption of the rules, ODA is expecting a crop to be planted this spring as permits will soon be issued.

The rules support a 2009 law passed by the Oregon Legislature authorizing industrial hemp production and possession. While industrial hemp, as defined in Oregon law, is arguably a safe crop and commodity, it is still classified by the federal government as illegal. With the help of a rules advisory committee, ODA sought to write rules that adhere to state laws but also in a manner that will be tolerated by federal enforcement agencies.

ODA oversight and other measures such as licensing and permits, which are unnecessary for conventional crops, are required by law for industrial hemp. The rules advisory committee recommended a license and permit fee large enough to cover ODA’s administrative costs but still be affordable to growers and handlers. It was also the committee’s goal to establish a self-sustaining, fee-for-service program for inspection, sampling, and testing.

With adoption of the rules, individuals can apply for licenses to grow or handle industrial hemp fiber and for permits to grow agricultural hemp seed, in which case a license is also required. Fees for each are set at $1,500 and are valid for three years. Oregon’s industrial hemp law allows for hemp seed to only be used to plant new crops. The law also requires that the size of the industrial hemp crop of a grower be at least 2.5 contiguous acres and that industrial hemp contain less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to distinguish it from marijuana, which contains much higher THC levels.

Currently, there is not a supply of agricultural hemp seed available in Oregon. ODA is looking into the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s permit process to import seed into the state.

The rules describe requirements for record keeping and annual reporting by growers as well as ODA’s sampling and inspection requirements and processes.

More information on ODA’s industrial hemp program, including a downloadable application form for permits and licenses, can be found at: <http://go.usa.gov/hbfF> or by calling (503) 986-4620.

Source: Oregon Department Of Agriculture

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  1. It’s about damn time! I am just waiting till they decide to ban e-liquid. I love vaping my premium tobacco e-liquid. It got me to quit smoking, but somehow I am sure that puts the government at a disadvantage with taxes.

  2. Corvallis. While I am in town, pollen counts for things like grass go through the roof in season. If we get major hemp production in the valley, I’d expect the same.

    I wish they’d set up hemp zones on the other side of the Cascades, where there aren’t so many people, and most of them voted against 91 anyway. Hemp would grow well in the warmer, drier zones where other Willamette Valley crops don’t fare well.

    Otherwise, I’m totally on board. I’ve been using hemp seeds for many things for years. Ground up with a mortar and pestle they can make a variety of excellent sauces and coatings. I love them in smoothies, or just sprinkled heavily onto toast with agave syrup.

    I’m well acquainted with all the virtues of the hemp plant, but I don’t want to grow it.

  3. Fair enough. Do you live near a major agg area? You might not get pollinated if you live in one of the larger towns.

    I totally understand your position here though. It will blow to have seed laden home grown crops. It is rather interesting how 91 did not address this problem given how female plants can do all the work necessary.
    On the upside, you will have some tasty seeds to make bread from? I know, not exactly comforting, but it is better than nothing.

  4. You may also want to watch 10 things you dont know about on the history channel hosted by Henry Rollins title “Marijuana ” there is some good Marijuana history on this episode.

  5. Everyone please watch this 1942 movie clip that our government has tried to hide. Hemp For Victory on youtube. You can Google search hemp for victory and likes pop up.it will shock you.

  6. You had to know you were going to need to set up a green house. One of the provisions in 91 was no growing in general public view.

  7. So much for outdoor home grows in the Willamette Valley. Now we’re all going to get pollinated by ditch weed.

  8. A law that was adopted in 2009 is just now getting boots on the ground….Nice to read we are on the move none the less. Every state needs to be growing it with the goal of ending, or at the very least, drastically reducing the number of trees being cut.
    I look forward to seeing the fields in the near future.

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