New guidance allows some NIFA industrial hemp research

On Aug. 12 a Federal Register notice provided information on how federal law applies to USDA NIFAactivities associated with industrial hemp that is grown and cultivated in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill. NIFA recently published guidance on the same topic at

The guidance indicates that NIFA is authorized to support industrial hemp research projects in some circumstances, where such activity complies with state law and is consistent with program priorities.

Further, the research organization must either:
• Be an institution of higher education or state department of agriculture as defined by 20 U.S.C. 1001 (see or
• Grow the industrial hemp under the auspices of a state agricultural pilot program.
NIFA has developed multiple assurances of grantee compliance with state and federal regulations. For detailed information and eligibility requirements, visit
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