Hemp Production

Updated NOP 2040: Instruction on Organic Certification of Industrial Hemp (Posted on December 2, 2019)

The National Organic Program updated NOP 2040: Instruction on Organic Certification of Industrial Hemp. The updated instruction applies to all USDA-accredited certifying agents and replaces the August 2016 version of NOP 2040. The revised policy allows hemp produced in the United States under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program to be certified as organic under the USDA organic regulations.USDA accredited certifiers and farms should direct questions about the status of their State or Tribal hemp program to State and Tribal officials. For imported hemp, existing regulations and guidelines continue to govern whether products may be certified as organic.

Here is a link to updated guidance from the FDA regarding CBD oil use: HERE.

Hemp Production in the United States

The recently passed Farm Bill allows the legal production of organic hemp by exempting hemp – including any part, extract, or derivative of the Cannabis plant with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis – from the definition of marijuana. For example, a CBD product that has been prohibited as “marijuana” will no longer violate the CSA, if it meets the Farm Bill’s definition of hemp. Its legalization may result in increases within the CBD industry and create new opportunities for farming. Without varying laws state to state, there's more opportunity for growth; however, the hemp industry is still heavily regulated requiring state permits to grow and stringent testing for THC levels.

Baystate Organic Certifiers is accepting hemp crop and handling applications, but please note that certification will require compliance with state requirements for licensing. Where the Farm Bill legalizes hemp, it also sketches out a regulatory framework in new Subtitle G to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. § 1621 et seq.). Producers should be aware that the farm bill implementation by the USDA may result in additional regulations for hemp production beyond already stated requirements for state permits and testing for THC levels. Producers interested in hemp production should contact Eric Hanson or Don Franczyk with questions about certifying hemp.

Looking ahead, the FDA said in a statement that it will heavily regulate hemp-based products and will quickly prosecute those who run afoul of the THC requirement.

Pesticide Products Registered for Use on Hemp (EPA)

Please note: check with your state Department of Agriculture to make sure that the products are registered or licensed in the state you are growing hemp in prior to any use. 

Biopesticides

  • EPA Registration Number: 70310-5. Applicant: Agro Logistic Systems, Inc. Active ingredients: Azadirachtin and Neem Oil. Product type: Insecticide, Miticide, Fungicide, and Nematicide.  Debug Turbo – Allowed with Restrictions (Prevention must be used first, OMRI listed)
  • EPA Registration Number: 70310-7. Applicant: Agro Logistic Systems, Inc. Active ingredients: Azadirachtin and Neem Oil. Product type: Insecticide, Miticide, Fungicide, and Nematicide. Debug Optimo – Allowed with Restrictions (Prevention must be used first, OMRI listed)
  • EPA Registration Number: 70310-8. Applicant: Agro Logistic Systems, Inc. Active ingredients: Azadirachtin and Neem Oil. Product type: Insecticide, Miticide, Fungicide, and Nematicide. Debug Tres – Allowed with Restrictions (Prevention must be used first, OMRI listed)
  • EPA Registration Number: 70310-11. Applicant: Agro Logistic Systems, Inc. Active ingredient: Neem Oil. Product type: Insecticide, Miticide, and Fungicide. Debug-On – Allowed with Restrictions (Prevention must be used first, OMRI listed)
  • EPA Registration Number: 84059-3. Applicant: Marrone Bio Innovations, D/B/A Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. Active ingredient: Extract of Reynoutria sachalinensis. Product type: Fungicide and Fungistat. Regalia Biofungicide Concentrate – Allowed with Restrictions (Prevention must be used first, OMRI listed)
  • EPA Registration Number: 84059-28. Applicant: Marrone Bio Innovations, D/B/A Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. Active ingredient: Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain F727. Product type: Fungicide. MBI-110 EP - Organic use TBD
  • EPA Registration Number: 91865-1. Applicant: Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC, D/B/A General Hydroponics. Active ingredients: Soybean Oil, Garlic Oil, and Capsicum Oleoresin Extract. Product type: Insecticide and Repellent. GH CMT insect repellant concentrate –  Organic use TBD
  • EPA Registration Number: 91865-3. Applicant: Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC, D/B/A General Hydroponics. Active ingredient: Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747. Product type: Fungicide and Bactericide.  GH DNMT – Organic use TBD
  • EPA Registration Number: 91865-4. Applicant: Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC, D/B/A General Hydroponics. Active ingredient: Azadirachtin. Product type: Insect Growth Regulator and Repellent. GH NAMT Organic use TBD

Conventional Pesticides

  • EPA Registration Number: 91865-2. Applicant: Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC, D/B/A General Hydroponics. Active ingredient: Potassium Salts of Fatty Acids. Product type: Insecticide, Fungicide, and Miticide. GH MPMT - PROHIBITED for Organic Production