USDA's Inaugural Hemp Survey: Quotes From Around the Industry

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November 9, 2021

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“AAFCO [The Association of American Feed Control Officials] is aware that this concern over considering a nutritional or a supplement application for hemp is in jeopardy because of Epidiolex.”

Hunter Buffington, executive director of the Hemp Feed Coalition, said of the FDA not yet approving applications to include hempseed cake and meal in chicken feed because it has approved Epidiolex, which contains CBD, as a pharmaceutical drug. This has made FDA unwilling to regulate CBD in another category, and the agency has stated hemp ingredients may contain trace amounts of CBD and THC from having contact with other parts of the plant.



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“A.B. 45 is a big win for Californians seeking wider access to the benefits of safe, high-quality hemp dietary supplements, the retailers who want to sell them, and the farmers and manufacturers who make and ship them.”

Deanie Elsner, Charlotte’s Web’s chief executive officer, said in a news release about passage of a new law in California that legalizes ingestible CBD products in the state.



“This inaugural hemp survey will establish a necessary benchmark and provide critically needed data for the hemp industry. The information collected can help inform producers’ decisions about growing, harvesting and selling hemp as well as the type of hemp they decide to produce. The resulting data will also foster greater understanding of the hemp production landscape across regulatory agencies, producers, state and tribal governments, processors and other key industry entities.”

Kevin Barnes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) acting administrator, said about an inaugural survey the agency sent out to 20,500 producers in October to collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production and value of hemp in the country.