Iowa's State Hemp Plan Gets Approval by USDA

Iowa’s State Hemp Plan Gets Approval by USDA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s hemp production program, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced earlier this month.

It is not legal to grow, possess, buy or sell hemp in Iowa until a license is granted from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and an official notice is published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. The notice is scheduled to occur on April 8.

“We know farmers are eager for new opportunities and this milestone means they are one step closer to being able to grow hemp during the 2020 growing season.”

Lowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

Applying for a Permit to Sell Hemp Seed

Farmers can start applying for a hemp license on April 1.

All individuals associated with the hemp production operation must be listed on the hemp license application and must submit their fingerprints for a background check.  A license cannot be issued until all applicants associated with the hemp license pass the background check.

Before selling, distributing, advertising, soliciting orders, offering, or exposing hemp seed for sale in Iowa, a retailer must obtain a seed permit from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Seed dealers can apply for a seed permit now.

The public hearing to solicit comments on the state plan that was scheduled to be held on April 3 from 9-10 a.m./CT will now be hosted via teleconference. 

This commercial hemp production program does not legalize the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for human consumption, extraction or processing in Iowa. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is still working to determine if CBD is safe for human consumption. Hemp grain, hemp seed oil and protein powder derived from hemp grain have been cleared by the FDA for human consumption.

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