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 created in the United States, only hemp created in accordance with the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production System and/or the 2014 Farm Bill could be certified as organic, if created in accordance with USDA organic regulations. USDA accredited certifiers and certified organic operations ought to direct queries about the status of their State or Tribe hemp system to State and Tribe officials. For imported hemp, current regulations and recommendations continue to govern regardless of whether items could 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