The United States Division of Agriculture (USDA) has released a clarification of their policy for the organic certification of hemp. The updated policy states:
“For hemp developed in the United States, only hemp developed in accordance with the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production System and/or the 2014 Farm Bill might be certified as organic, if developed in accordance with USDA organic regulations. USDA accredited certifiers and certified organic operations should really direct queries about the status of their State or Tribe hemp plan to State and Tribe officials. For imported hemp, current regulations and suggestions continue to govern regardless of whether solutions might be certified as organic.”
This updated policy applies to certifying agents that have been accredited by the National Organic System (NOP). It is intended to update the August 2016 version of NOP 2040.
Study USDA’s Announcement