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CDA certifies four new hemp varieties

Field trials verify viability across the state

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has approved four new industrial hemp seed varieties, bringing the total number of approved industrial hemp seed varieties in Colorado to 17.

Following a year-long, statewide THC validation and observation trial period, the newly approved industrial hemp seeds are now eligible to be grown by members of the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA) for production of CDA Approved Certified Seed.

CDA held field trials on the four varieties of hemp throughout 2019 across Colorado’s diverse growing conditions in the Northeast region, Arkansas Valley, Front Range, the San Luis Valley and on the Western Slope. The trials validated growth viability and whether plants test at or below 0.3 percent THC concentration on a dry weight basis.

To qualify as CDA Approved Certified Seed, hemp varieties must be produced and labeled by members of the CSGA according to the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies standards. The CDA Approved Certified Seed program requires all individual seed packages to be tagged with specific Certified seed tags available from the CSGA. Growers planting with CDA Approved Certified Seed are considered very low risk for testing purposes.

A complete list of CDA industrial seed varieties may be found here. For more information, please visit CDA’s industrial hemp website.

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Industrial Hemp

NOTE: Federal Continuing Resolution including an extension of the 2014 Farm Bill which also includes the Hemp Pilot Program was passed this week.

This means that the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Program will continue to operate under the 2014 Farm Bill until Sept 30, 2021. In the meantime, we will continue to work with USDA on behalf of Colorado Hemp Producers to implement as many recommendations from CHAMP stakeholders as possible in our State Plan.

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What is Industrial Hemp?

Industrial hemp means a plant of the genus Cannabis and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis.

Under State and Federal law, the CDA tests for total THC through the process of post-decarboxylation.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Program regulates only the cultivation of industrial hemp. The Department also administers a certified seed program.

The Industrial Hemp Program does not have jurisdiction over the processing, sale or distribution of industrial hemp.

On June 18th Colorado submitted the Colorado State Hemp Management Plan and appendix to the USDA. View FAQ’s about the plan.

NOTE: Federal Continuing Resolution including an extension of the 2014 Farm Bill which also includes the Hemp Pilot Program was passed this week. This means that the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Hemp Program will continue to operate under the 2014 Farm Bill until Sept 30, 2021. In the meantime, we will continue to work with USDA on behalf of Colorado Hemp Producers ]]>