The hemp and CBD industry are intertwined—they depend on one another, and regulations that affect one can, and will, affect the other. That’s why it’s so important to have your voice heard when the USDA provides you with the space to do so. The vast majority of hemp farms and CBD companies in the United States aren’t represented by a lobby. Short of sitting down and writing the USDA or your local congressman (who statistically will never directly read your message to begin with), public forums are the best way to make yourself heard.
The webinar is being held specifically to solicit public commentary on portions of the 2018 USDA Farm Bill as they relate to industrial hemp. You can learn more about the U.S. Hemp Production Program here.
No, the USDA hemp webinar will be completely free.
According to the Canna Law Blog, the FDA believes that “Congress wants there to be a pathway for CBD to be available,” and is operating off of that assumption.
ATTRA NCAT have made their readers aware of the webinar as have MJ Shareholders, Pot Portal, and several other cannabis-industry sites. Although the USDA website isn’t the most visually satisfying web portal, they have released bulletins in addition to their new Hemp webinar specific web pages.
You can register here to speak or provide oral commentary during the listening session.
The Webinar will only allow for 60 speakers, at 3 minutes speaking time each.
You must submit your comments beforehand.
Email your comments to [email protected] before March 11, 2019 if you would like the opportunity to speak during the Webinar.
Include the following in your email
A webinar agenda will be released on this event website by March 11, 2019.
You can find out more about the 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session here.
Only 1,000 viewers at a time will be able to view the webinar.
You can reach Andrew Hatch (Chief, Program Services Branch, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA) by phone at (202) 720-6862 or by email at [email protected]