Commingling hemp flower means mixing or blending hemp from different lots or batches into an aggregate batch. This blog explores the main reasons why responsible farmers don’t commingle hemp flower.
A properly organized hemp crop minimizes risks to the farmer. If you’re growing different strains, those strains need to be separate lots. If you harvest a lot over several weeks, that lot needs to be divided into harvest batches.
Compliance and Commingling
Before the USDA AMS released a draft of the Interim Final Rule, many state departments of Agriculture would come out to your farm 30 days before harvest to test your crop. There is no oversight to determine the actual harvest date, so farmers typically push the 30 day mark to meet compliance while increasing market value. Traceability is a cornerstone
If you grew multiple acres of multiple different strains, and the state only provided you with one COA for sampling a single lot, there is an obvious discrepancy that buyers should recognize. This results from a farmer growing multiple strains but only disclosing a single lot to their respective Ag agent.
If the farmer properly organized the field into respective lots, the farmer can minimize those risks.
If this means your Ag agent has to visit your farm multiple times to test, then the farmer will have to weigh those extra costs with risk mitigation. Regardless, proving compliance is a major reason why farmers don’t commingle hemp flower.
Quality Control – Don’t Commingle Hemp Flower
Commingling hemp batches puts a serious hole in traceability. Trace is a standard practice for other farm products, and actually mandatory in most cases. Although hemp farms may be currently exempt from these standard operating procedures, they’re not exempt from legal liability.
Traceability dramatically mitigates risks to consumers.
Commingling hemp flower batches makes sampling of the batch rather risky. The more uniform the batch, the more accurate sampling of the batch will be. Commingling hemp also makes it difficult to pinpoint contamination issues, because it may be difficult to identify exactly where the lines should be drawn in the event of a necessary quarantine.