CDFA has finalized its hemp plan and yesterday submitted it to USDA for review.

“That's a very important piece for bringing some certainty to the hemp growers here in the state,” CDFA Secretary Karen Ross said in August.

In the proposal, CDFA is maintaining its 30-day testing window required ahead of a harvest. USDA’s interim rule in November provided a narrow 15-day window. Growers have complained about the struggle to meet just a 30-day window due to backlogs for labs and the amount of labor and time needed to harvest the crop.

In January, Ross told Agri-Pulse she was optimistic USDA would revise its proposal.

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