The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced federal approval of the state’s amendment to the industrial hemp plan.
Last year, more than 200 producer registrations were issued in Missouri, and 811 acres of industrial hemp were planted — including varieties grown for flower, fiber, seed and grain. Missouri’s program certified 80 industrial hemp samplers across 38 counties, increasing flexibility for Missouri's producers, and a business opportunity for those certified.
Key changes include:
- increasing the preharvest window for compliance sampling from 15 to 30 days
- allowing remediation options for eligible crops that initially test above 0.3% total THC
- updating requirements for testing laboratories to be ISO 17025 accredited and, after Dec. 31, 2022, also registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency
With the approval, the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service affirmed that Missouri’s amended plan complies with federal law and regulations. The entire amended Missouri state plan can be reviewed here.
Missouri was one of the first plans approved under the new federal final rule. Remaining states, tribes and territories must have plans approved by the end of the year or defer regulatory authority to USDA.