Objectives: The ASTA Hemp Seed Working Group was created to discuss and react, as applicable, to the issues surrounding hemp seed in this rapidly changing environment. The group determined its focus should be directed toward the actions and level of involvement by ASTA and suggest assistance and guidance for its members involved in the industry.
Participants: All interested parties were invited to participate in the original Task Force, although the Working Group, as created by the ASTA Board of Directors will be limited to ASTA members only and other selected non-commercial sources.
Legislative Comments: The ASTA position, in general, is to ensure consistency between state hemp seed regulations and that they align with other state seed regulation with the goal to ensure quality seed delivery. AOSCA certification should continue to be the benchmark requirement for quality seed, as it becomes available.
What information is included on a seed label?
When farmers buy a bag of seed, they’re getting a lot more than just seed. They’re getting expertise and valuable services that support their overall success throughout the year. See our “What’s in a bag?” infographic for information on how to read a seed label. Seed labels are determined by federal and state seed laws, so they may differ from state-to-state.
Where can I find more information about purchasing hemp seed?
The legalization of hemp provides an exciting opportunity for the seed industry. However, it’s important that there is consistency in quality so growers know what they’re getting. See ASTA’s How to Read a Label on a Bag of Hemp Seed and Laws, Regs & Other Considerations when Buying Hemp Seed for more information.
Is hemp seed regulated?
The legalization of hemp production essentially introduces a new crop variety into the marketplace. If a grower does not want to, or cannot source Certified seed, he/she should pay close attention to seed sourcing. Hemp seed production is complicated and requires extensive education and experience. Therefore, to ensure the highest quality seed for growers, buyers should always be sure to buy from a professional seed producer. State and federal seed laws are in place for the benefit of the grower and the producer. Whether it’s for your agricultural production, conservation planting, or backyard gardening, it pays to know that the seed you purchase is exactly what you desire – and state and federal seed laws are in place to ensure the quality and consistency of that seed.