NIHC & Farm Bureau submit comment on industrial hemp to EPA

For Immediate Release: Last week, the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) was joined by the American Farm Bureau Federation, in submitting a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding adding hemp to the labeling of currently registered pesticide products. EPA requested comments regarding the ten applications that it received seeking to add hemp to the labels of products registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). We thank EPA for providing an opportunity to submit comments on this important first set of applications following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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The letter calls for EPA to approve these and additional applications in order to expand the range of approved pesticides and provide our members with lawful options for pest control. It goes on to state that “in order for hemp to reach its full potential, it is essential that EPA take a leadership role in consistent review of applications for use on hemp, to facilitate a consistent and equal playing field to the degree possible across state jurisdictions.”

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The NIHC and Farm Bureau joint letter urges the EPA to promptly approve these ten applications to provide for use during the 2020 growing season and beyond.

The full comment letter is available here.


About the National Industrial Hemp Council:

The NIHC is a global advocate for North American industrial hemp, promoting the sustainable long-term growth and profitability of the industry. Our leadership is composed of leading international, federal, state, private industry, and government professionals throughout the sector. Our membership includes farmers who grow hemp, suppliers of farm-related equipment to the hemp industry, CBD product manufacturers, hemp textile manufacturers, and others with an interest in the hemp industry. Among the NIHC’s bedrock principles is prioritizing consumer safety. We therefore work to educate our members regarding rapidly evolving state and Federal law and regulations. Learn more at www.hempindustrial.com.