Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) has prepared a new set of rules governing the cultivation and processing of hemp in Vermont. After receiving input from farmers, drafting and a public comment period, the rules will go into effect this month.
The structure and function of Vermont’s hemp program has been in development since the 2014 Farm Bill permitted the cultivation of industrial hemp under state pilot projects. Now, with the newest farm bill in place, the Agency of Agriculture will be in charge of regulating industrial hemp, instead of researching it.
Cary Giguere, director of public health, agriculture resource management at the Agency of Agriculture said the rules were the first of their kind for the state’s program.
The rules include a list of definitions for hemp-related…