Testing rules established for Michigan’s hemp crop pilot program

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 photo, University of Virginia Wise research assistant, Adam Jones, displays a few harvested hemp plants in the lab at the school in Wise, Va. Virginia is wrapping up its second year of a research program that allows farmers to grow hemp, a crop long banned because of its association with marijuana. But research reports and interviews with those involved in the program show the challenges that come with cultivating a plant that had not been grown in Virginia for decades. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Emergency rules were signed into law last week establishing testing standards for Michigan’s first industrial hemp crop.

The state’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced the implementation of rules that will help to provide a clear direction for Michigan’s first crop of industrial hemp.

Since the launch of the state’s hemp pilot program for the 2019 planting season, MDARD has processed 541 hemp grower registrations across the state covering more than 32,000 acres. Additionally, 389 processor-handler licenses have been issued.

The new rules establish proper sampling and analytical testing methods for measuring the concentration of THC in the crop to ensure levels do not exceed approved levels.

A link to the rules, sampling procedures and other information about Michigan’s industrial hemp pilot program, may be found at: http://michigan.gov/IndustrialHemp.

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