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The Department is Now Accepting Grower Applications Under The New Plan
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced that the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Hemp Program Plan was approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, all states interested in administering a state hemp program were required to submit a hemp program plan to the USDA. The Plan allows the Department to continue to administer a hemp grower licensing program, starting in 2022. The Department is now accepting applications for the program, which will take effect on January 1, 2022. Applications and additional information are available here.
All currently licensed growers participating in New York State’s program need to reapply under this new program to grow hemp next year. The current Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program expires at the end of 2021.
The new plan can be found here, and includes new guidelines for growers, including sampling and testing requirements. In addition, all growers will need to complete the FBI Identity History Summary Check, which can be found here. The FBI Identity History Summary Check must be submitted with the application for a grower license and must have been performed no more than 60 days prior to submitting the grower license application.
Jola Szubielski | 518-457-0752 | Jola.Szubielski@agriculture.ny.gov
Hanna Birkhead | 518-457-0752 | Hanna.Birkhead@agriculture.ny.gov
Cornell University is offering a Field Crop Weed Identification and Control series. Click here for information and registration.
Tools Offered to Help New York Farms Manage Overtime Regulations
On Jan. 1, 2020 New York farms will have to pay overtime wages (1.5 times the ‘regular rate of pay’) for nearly all employees that work more than 60 hours a week. Researchers and extension educators from Cornell University Agricultural Workforce Development , Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cooperative Extension and PRO-DAIRY, have developed several tools to help New York farms manage through these changes.
Please visit https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/overtime to download these tools. You can contact Jennifer Ifft (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Richard Stup ( email@example.com) for more information.
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Last updated April 7, 2023