USDA Approves New Regulations For Montana Hemp Producers

Montana had the largest hemp crop in the country last year

The Montana Department of Agriculture received the green light late last week on its hemp plan after outlining how it would meet stricter federal regulations, including testing and sampling. Some farmers may experience more stringent regulations in 2021.

Montana had the largest hemp crop in the country last year with over 50,000 acres planted and nearly 300 growers.

The state’s recently approved hemp production plan is expected to bring Montana producers in line with nation-wide testing, record-keeping and licensure standards and clear up legal uncertainty after the plant was removed from the controlled substances list in 2018. The Fort Belknap Indian Community received approval of its plan in January.

“That consistency is definitely going to make things a little bit easier, particularly as we see hemp moving from state to state for processing,” Says Ben Thomas, director of Montana Department of Agriculture. 

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