Kansas farmers get reprieve on sampling, harvesting window

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Hemp farmers in Kansas will have more time to complete sampling and harvesting under temporary changes recently approved by the state rules and regulations board.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), which proposed the changes, said the amendments align the state’s industrial hemp regulations with the USDA’s Final Rule on commercial hemp production, and will eventually be permanent.

The new rules will also allow producers to remediate plants if sampling shows them to be within tolerance levels of the federal THC limit of 0.3%, and provides more latitude in the definition of crops produced “negligently.”

KDA said the changes were expedited to help farmers this year before the state sets the rules permanently. KDA will take public comments on the final state hemp regulations beginning Sept. 2 ahead of a hearing planned Nov. 8.

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