Pesticides and Hemp Production
On August 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that it received 10 applications to use existing pesticide products on hemp after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp for commercial use and production. EPA is currently seeking public comments on these applications.
According to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, “We hope this transparent and public process will bring hemp farmers and researchers increased regulatory clarity in time for next growing season — something they have asked for since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the legalization of commercial hemp.”
EPA Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Alexandra Dunn, went on to state, “EPA is committed to helping hemp growers obtain the tools needed to support and increase commercial production. This step recognizes that innovation in pesticide use is critical to the success of our strong and vibrant agricultural sector.”