NASHVILLE – Only a few days remain for Tennessee’s licensed hemp growers to report their crop acreage to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Although the original reporting deadline was Aug. 15, FSA is waiving late fees as long as growers contact FSA by Sept. 15.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers the state’s hemp licensing program. TDA is working closely with FSA and hemp growers to meet new federal requirements. A provision of the 2018 USDA interim final rule on hemp production requires all growers to report their hemp crop to FSA.

FSA staff can assist growers in filing their crop acreage report over the phone, by email, and through virtual meetings. If this is the first time to file with FSA, the process will take a few extra minutes to create a farm record and customer record with the agency.

To locate a local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator.

As of Sept. 10, there are 1,859 growers licensed to plant as much as 16,000 acres of hemp in Tennessee. Learn more about Tennessee’s hemp program online at www.tn.gov/agriculture/farms/hemp-industry.html.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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