FY22 Agriculture Appropriation Bill: A Good Omen for the Hemp Industry

On June 29, the House Appropriations Committee (the Committee) released the draft of the fiscal year 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill (the FY22 Agriculture Appropriations Bill), along with its Committee Report, in which it offers some promising provisions and instructions that would greatly benefit the hemp industry.

Here is an overview of the provisions found in the bill and the instructions incorporated in the Committee Report:

2014 Farm Bill Activity (Section 741)

The bill clarifies the legality of hemp cultivated, processed, transported, sold and turned into products in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill by stating such hemp will remain lawful for commercial purposes after the 2014 Farm Bill expires.

2014 Farm Bill Extension (Section 766)

The bill proposes to extend the 2014 Farm Bill to January 1, 2023 – this deadline is currently set for January 1, 2022. This proposed extension is needed because the vast majority – 75% to be precise – of all licensed acres are regulated under a state program pursuant to the 2014 Farm Bill and implemented by states that either strongly object to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) final rule or face significant challenges to

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