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Hemp—320-acre limit, fee structure, sampling methodology, 96.1, 96.5, 96.7(9)

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ARC 6807C

AGRICULTURE AND LAND STEWARDSHIP DEPARTMENT[21]

Adopted and Filed Emergency

Rule making related to hemp

The Agriculture and Land Stewardship Department hereby amends Chapter 96, "Hemp," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 204.3.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 204 as amended by 2022 Iowa Acts, House File 2380.

Purpose and Summary

This rule making implements changes that were made to the Department's hemp program during the 2022 Legislative Session. Under the new law, producers can be licensed to grow up to 320 acres of hemp; they were previously limited to 40 acres. These amendments reflect the new 320-acre limit, update the fee structure accordingly, increase transparency, and update the sampling methodology to ensure a 95 percent confidence interval for testing of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Reason for Adoption of Rule Making Without

Prior Notice and Opportunity for Public Participation

Pursuant to Iowa Code section 17A.4(3), the Department finds that notice and public participation are unnecessary or impractical because Iowa Code section 204.3 so provides.

Reason for Waiver of Normal Effective Date

Pursuant to Iowa Code section 17A.5(2)"b"(1)(a) and (b), the Department also finds that the normal effective date of this rule making, 35 days after publication, should be waived and the rule making made effective on January 3, 2023, because the Department has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update the state hemp plan and incorporate the acreage limit change that was made during the 2022 Legislative Session. At this time, the Department and USDA are still working through updates, but the 320-acre limit should be in place for the 2023 growing season to comply with state law. Emergency rule making will ensure that. The Department will continue to work through the state plan with USDA and plans to implement those updates in 2024.

Adoption of Rule Making

This rule making was adopted by the Department on December 15, 2022.

Concurrent Publication of Notice of Intended Action

In addition to its adoption on an emergency basis, this rule making has been initiated through the normal rule-making process and is published herein under Notice of Intended Action as ARC 6806C to allow for public comment.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.

Waivers

Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 21—Chapter 8.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

Effective Date

This rule making became effective on January 3, 2023.

The following rule-making actions are adopted:

Item 1. Amend rule 21—96.1(204), definition of "Crop site," as follows:

"Crop site" or "site" means a single contiguous parcel of land suitable for the planting, growing, or harvesting of hemp, if the parcel tract of land does not exceed 40 320 acres. All the area within the contiguous parcel tract is part of the crop site. Unplanted areas, including spacing between planted rows, are part of the crop site for purposes of determining the size of a parcel site. The crop site shall not be a dwelling.

Item 2. Rescind rule 21—96.5(204) and adopt the following new rule in lieu thereof:

21—96.5(204) Fees. The department shall impose, assess, and collect fees, which shall be paid by a licensee. All fees shall be collected by the department before the department takes any action for which the fee is applicable. All fees are nonrefundable. All inspection fees shall include the collection of an official sample and an official laboratory test of that sample. Fees are set as follows:

TABLE 1

CROP SITE LICENSE FEES

Acres

License Fee

0 - 5

$500 + $5 per acre

Paid at application

5.1 - 10

$750 + $5 per acre

10.1 - 320

$1,000 + $5 per acre

TABLE 2

INSPECTION FEES

Primary Inspection Fee

$500

Paid at application

Secondary Inspection Fee

$500

Paid upon inspection request

Supplemental Inspection Fee

$150

Paid upon inspection request

Remediation Inspection Fee

$500

Paid upon inspection request

TABLE 3

RETESTING FEE

Retesting Fee

$150

Paid upon retesting request

96.5(1) Fees paid at time of license application. The license fee and primary inspection fee shall be paid prior to acceptance of a license application. License fees shall be based on the number of acres in a crop site. A primary inspection fee shall secure a preharvest inspection of one lot or sub-lot.

96.5(2) Fees for preharvest inspection of additional hemp lots and sub-lots. A licensee may request official sampling of additional lots and sub-lots. All inspection fees shall be paid prior to performance of any official test.

a. If the additional preharvest inspection is to occur at the same time as the primary preharvest inspection, then a supplemental inspection fee shall be paid for each additional lot or sub-lot to be inspected.

b. If the additional preharvest inspection is to occur on a different day than the primary preharvest inspection, then the licensee shall pay a secondary inspection fee for the first lot or sub-lot to be inspected, and each lot or sub-lot after that shall each be assigned a supplemental inspection fee.

96.5(3) Retesting fee. A licensee may request a single retest of a preharvest sample previously collected for a lot or sub-lot if the licensee believes the original official laboratory test result was in error. The licensee may not request the collection of a new sample. The licensee requesting the retest of the sample shall pay the retesting fee prior to performance of official retest.

96.5(4) Remediation inspection fee. A licensee may request a single post-remediation sample for a lot or sub-lot if the licensee receives permission from the department to remediate a crop with an official test result that exceeds the acceptable hemp THC concentration. The remediation inspection fee shall be paid prior to performance of official test.

Item 3. Amend subrule 96.7(9) as follows:

96.7(9) The official sample collected by the department shall consist of approximately 2-inch cuttings of flowering material, meaning inflorescences (the flower of bud of plant), from the top one-third of the plant, based on the following table:

TABLE 4

NUMBER OF PLANTS SAMPLED, BASED ON LOT AND SUB-LOT ACREAGE SIZE

Number of acres

Number of plants sampled

Number of acres

Number of plants sampled

Number of acres

Number of plants sampled

Number of acres

Number of plants sampled

1 1 - 10

10

11 81 - 90

11 69

21 161 - 170

20 108

31 241 - 250

29 136

2 11 - 20

10 19

12 91 - 100

12 75

22 171 - 180

21 112

32 251 - 260

29 139

3 21 - 30

10 27

13 101 - 110

13 81

23 181 - 190

22 116

33 261 - 270

30 142

4 31 - 40

10 35

14 111 - 120

14 86

24 191 - 200

23 120

34 271 - 280

31 145

5 41 - 50

10 43

15 121 - 130

15 91

25 201 - 210

24 123

35 281 - 290

32 147

6 51 - 60

10 50

16 131 - 140

16 95

26 211 - 220

24 127

36 291 - 300

33 150

7 61 - 70

10 57

17 141 - 150

17 100

27 221 - 230

25 130

37 301 - 310

34 152

8 71 - 80

10 63

18 151 - 160

18 104

28 231 - 240

26 133

38 311 - 320

34 155

9

10

19

18

29

27

39

35

10

10

20

19

30

28

40

36

This table reflects a sampling scheme with a 95 percent confidence interval that no more than 1 percent of the plants in each lot would exceed the acceptable hemp THC concentration.

[Filed Emergency 12/19/22, effective 1/3/23]

[Published 1/11/23]

Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 1/11/23.

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