The USDA launched a Domestic Hemp Production Program creating a consistent regulatory framework for U.S. hemp production, as required by the 2018 farm bill. The department said it will issue an interim final rule this week that will allow hemp to be grown under federally approved plans and will make hemp producers eligible for agricultural programs.

The rule includes provisions for the USDA to approve state and tribal hemp-production plans and establishes a federal plan for hemp producers in states or territories without an approved production plan.

Read the USDA Rule.