Colorado isn't happy about the 2018 Farm Bill and is letting the USDA know their concerns and proposed solutions. This 32 page document is a great read if you are looking into more insight about the Hemp Industry and the many pressures that are placed on the Hemp Farmers, financially and physically.
In this blog we will break down what some of the most profound issues Colorado found with the 2018 Farm Bill and what implications we feel could come if these changes aren't made. One poignant statement we really love:
We love to see Colorado is sticking up for small business and calling out these errors to protect the people who have invested their life and savings into Hemp. One major flaw is the new 15 day sampling requirement before harvest along with 100 percent testing of all registered lots. Here was what Colorado had to say:
This proposal is unworkable for the CDA and Colorado farmers. In 2019, CDA sampled 23 percent (619) of all registered lots (2,712) within a 30-day window available to producers between sampling and harvesting. Under IFR requirements, Colorado will need to collect more than four times as many samples as were collected in 2019, but in half of the time. Hemp is primarily harvested in October and November in Colorado, and such a system would require over 100 sample collections and tests per working day based on figures from the 2019 growing season. "
It's wonderful to see Colorado be as bold to call this unrealistic policy what it is... Unrealistic. For farmers to be able to successfully pull off a 15 sample BEFORE harvest is next to impossible. In addtition, with the requirement of 100% of the registered lots needing to be testing means a surge of additional tests coming into the labs with no guarantee that the labs will be successful in turning around all those samples within the 15 day period. The current time period is about
Furthermore, the expense is enough to have farmers questioning even in the best case scenario how they will be able to make a profit under these new requirements under the 2018 Farm Bill.
Another big issues is the THC threshold requirement of .3% THC or less. There is no option but destruction if the crop comes in over .3 THC, even by a fraction. Many conditions that are out of the control of the farmer can cause the amount of THC in Hemp to rise in small increments. Weather and soil conditions being a huge factor in the amount of THC in HEMP. With no wiggle room, this law could make or break wether small Hemp farms can survive.
Having to destroy acres and acres of profit can be devastating, especially when you have a whole bunch of people who have been working hard to make the harvest happen and are expecting to get paid. Not to mention, the expensive of how to properly dispose of acres and acres of unusable plant material. Colorado could greatly benefit by turning that plant material into revenue from making Hemp Concrete, Hemp Construction Materials and other non-consumable forms of HEMP.
Need we say more? We stand with Colorado in that these regulations are not feasible or practical. The sheer volume of increase in testing samples will put enormous pressure on the labs to meet unrealistic deadlines.
Then there is banking, ahh the banking system with the federal restrictions is something many industry folk can attest to. Colorado implores the USDA to be more clear on exactly how Hemp companies can conduct business and commerce transactions legally without payment systems being shut down.
One large request is the call for unification and clarification on a national level. This would mean rules and regulations similar to what the MED has done.
Rules and regulations have worked and enabled the Cannabis industry to thrive and continue to grow. For the Farm Bill to be successful clarity is needed so business owners can be unified and in alignment with processing, manufacturing, and distributing. Lack of unification can cause people to go rogue and operate in the grey area and try and bend the law. Having clear definition of the law helps further legalization and gives business owners clear framework to operate within that legality.
Here is a wrap up of what policies Colorado proposes are changed that legislation is built to support the farmers.
Colorado is one of the first pioneers of the Cannabis and Hemp Industry and are using the well earned experience to speak up for the industry and for specifically the farmers who risk it all to follow their dreams.
Read the full 32 page letter here:
At SoPhyre we are passionate about people having the power to fulfill their dreams and legislation that supports business owners too. Colorado is a leader in this revolutionary industry and once again takes a stand to have laws that make sense for all involved.