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Kansas Crop Improvement Association

Kansas Crop Improvement Association

Industrial Hemp In Kansas

The transition from the Industrial Hemp Research Program to the Commercial Industrial Hemp Program awaits formal approval and adoption of the state’s regulations for the new program.

Please visit the Kansas Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp page for the latest guidance for hemp production in Kansas. You can access this page here: KDA Hemp

Production of Certified Hemp Seed

Beyond the regulatory requirements and field standards specific for hemp, certification of hemp seed is similar to that for any other crop.

Bringing a hemp variety into seed certification to produce certified seed requires a formal review of the breeding history among other items as outlined in section 201.68 of the Federal Seed Act . These are also outlined on page two of the KCIA general certification standards.

How can I bring a hemp variety into certification? Information on bringing a hemp variety into certification can be found here. KCIA recognizes varieties certified by other AOSCA agencies so therefore such application does not need to be made to each state agency once a variety is approved.

Certified seed production of Industrial Hemp – important points to consider before making application for certified industrial hemp seed production.

Standards for Producing Certified Industrial Hemp Seed in Kansas – These are the standards, along with the general certification standards that guide the production of Certified Industrial Hemp seed in Kansas. Each different crop type ( wheat, corn, soybean, watermelon etc.) has standards specific to that crop in addition to the general certification standards that pertain to all certified seed in general. Other certification information can be found on our certification resources page. One important consideration when contemplating production of Certified Seed is the present lack of labeled herbicide for use in industrial hemp. Seed production fields are planted at a much lower rate to allow for field inspection and the thinner spacing of plants will present an opportunity for weed growth. As time goes by herbicide options will become available.

Application for field inspection – this form is to be used to enter a field into the certification program. An official tag or other appropriate document that identifies the seed as eligible for certification must accompany the application.

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AOSCA Certified Hemp Seed Varieties

Previously on the International Hemp blog, we’ve talked about the importance of “certified seed.” However industrial hemp has only been cultivated in the United States since the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. While hemp was cultivated in colonial America through the mid 20th century, it didn’t develop alongside like other staple crops of the agriculture industry, like corn, wheat, and soy. So the question remains – has there been enough time for seed certifying agencies, like the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA), to certify hemp seed varieties for use in U.S. commercial agriculture?

The answer is yes!

States like Colorado and Kentucky have been at the forefront of both hemp farming and research, working with commercial varieties, such as those that are certified by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development on the OECD Seed Schemes. This includes the Polish varieties we’ve licensed and imported from the Institute of Natural Fibers and Medicinal Plants, Bialobzreskie and Henola.

Over the last few years, we’ve worked with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) in cooperation with vested AOSCA member, the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA), to grow Bialobzreskie and Henola here in Colorado for certified seed production. This certification process also ensures THC compliance and varietal purity.

The approved certified seed program through CDA is a four-part process:

1. First, Acceptance by the Variety Review Board. (CSGA or AOSCA)

2. Statewide testing of the genetics for THC content and validation of the variety description by the CDA.

3. Seed produced by a Colorado Seed Growers Association member in accordance with AOSCA standards or an approved seed certifying agency.

4. Individual seed packages being tagged with “CDA Approved Certified Seed” tags.

Has there been enough time for seed certifying agencies, like the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA), to certify hemp seed varieties for use in U.S. commercial agriculture?