United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Created in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a cabinet-level agency that oversees America's Agriculture Industry. SDA duties range from helping farmers with price support subsidies, to inspecting food to ensure the safety of the American public. The department seeks to expand overseas markets for U.S. agricultural products and support international economic development; provide financing needed to create jobs; improve housing, utilities and infrastructure in rural America; and improve nutrition and health by providing food assistance and education. 
 

U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program

The 2018 Farm Bill (pdf) directed USDA to establish a national regulatory framework for hemp production in the United States.  USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program through an interim final rule.  This rule outlines provisions for the USDA to approve plans submitted by States and Indian Tribes for the domestic production of hemp.  It also establishes a Federal plan for producers in States or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved plan.

Interim Final Rule 

Submit comments on the Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program interim final rule at Regulations.gov. Comments may be submitted until December 30, 2019. More Info
 

United States Warehouse Act (USWA)

The United States Warehouse Act (USWA), as amended (7 U.S.C. 241 et seq.), provides for the licensing of public warehouse operators in the business of storing agricultural products, examination of such federally licensed warehouses, and collection of fees to sustain the operation and administration of such efforts. Participation in USWA program is voluntary. Participants may choose to obtain licensing under USWA to meet State or other industry requirements. Warehouse examinations provided by AMS examine the financial status of the operation, the integrity of the commodities stored in licensed facilities, as well as the facilities themselves. CFR Title 7 Part 735 - Regulations for the United States Warehouse Act 
More Info on the Warehouse Act & Temporary Storage
 

Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

The standard is to protect the use of ag biotechnology, provides certainty to farmers and the supply chain and offer consumers increased information.
  • Implementation Date: January 1, 2020, except for small food manufacturers, whose implementation date is January 1, 2021. 
  • Mandatory compliance date:January 1, 2022. Regulated entities may voluntarily comply with the Standard until December 31, 2021.

Need help deciding if you need to make a bioengineered food disclosure? Use USDA-AMS's decision-making tool to help.