The United States Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced its plans to promulgate regulations in fall 2019 regarding the commercial production of industrial hemp in the United States.

Under the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 -- otherwise known as the 2018 Farm Bill -- states and Indian tribes have the option to primarily regulate the production of hemp.

That’s provided USDA approves their plans. But states and Indian tribes don’t need to submit plans until the agency adopts its regulations, according to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service in a notice to industry.

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