The Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) and National Hemp Association (NHA) announced they have partnered to accelerate a shared goal: to obtain approvals for hemp as an animal feed ingredient.
“The hemp industry is at a critical point where we need regulators and policymakers to recognize the existing, well-documented science surrounding the safety and efficacy around hemp ingredients for feed,” HFC Executive Director Morgan Tweet said in a press release. “We need them to work collectively and proactively with the industry to open the U.S. feed markets, many of which are open in other places in the world. We believe a strategic partnership between NHA and HFC will provide the leadership needed to have constructive and informative discussions with these parties as well as continue the effort of supporting research and applications.”
Since 2017, HFC has been actively working to advance hemp as an animal feed ingredient; however, it’s been a challenge, as the process of including any new ingredient in animal feed requires “an abundance of data and approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM),” Cannabis Business Times previously reported.
HFC submitted an application in February 2021 to the FDA to gain approval for hemp seed cake and meal to be used as commercial feed for laying hens. The submission included research and data from a two-year study “consisting of an ingredient investigation of hemp seed cake and meal and a clinical trial to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of hemp for laying hens,” according to a