Value the Seed proposes:
That regulations enable, not inhibit the hemp industry!
Specifically, this initiative proposes that commercial hemp growers who use Certified hemp seed pay a lower registration fee to their regulatory agency, and be exempt from state, federal, or tribal background checks, as well as sampling & testing.
Mitigate risk across the domestic hemp supply chain.
Quality, proven seed genetics are the foundation for building consistent, uniform plant-based products. Seed certification validates these characteristics. In addition, each lot of Certified hemp seed produced in the U.S, is also validated (through USDA regulations) for compliance with federally mandated low THC standards.
On September 20th, Wendy Mosher, of New West Genetics, and International Hemp’s Eric Singular talked about the Value the Seed initiative with Mandi Kerr on Moving Hemp Forward with the Global Hemp Association. They discuss the history of Certified seed, what Certified seed means for farmers, and why this initiative benefits producers and regulators. The Value the Seed Initiative supports a strong foundation for the growth of the US hemp industry.
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There is not enough Certified seed.
There are now over 100 varieties available that are eligible for Certified Seed status. Visit https://www.aosca.org/hemp to find your preferred varieties.
On June 24th, Wendy Mosher, of New West Genetics, talked to Eric Hurlock of Lancaster Farming. Mosher discusses “Value the Seed”, an initiative developed with several other stakeholders, including International Hemp and King’s AgriSeeds, that promotes certified seed as a way to unburden farmers and assure regulators of compliance.
This policy reform initiative is centered around the fiber and grain sectors of the hemp industry, and Mosher is hopeful it will be adopted in the 2023 Farm Bill. If the initiative is successful, American hemp farmers who plant certified seed that meets standards set by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies will be exempt from burdensome regulations, excessive fees and THC testing.
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