Supervisors approve contract with state for county to scrutinize hemp production

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City News Service RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved an agreement with the state to designate the Riverside County agricultural commissioner's office as the regulatory authority overseeing hemp producers countywide. The agreement with the California Department of Food & Agriculture was approved in a 3-0 vote — with Supervisors Manuel Perez and Chuck Washington absent — and will be retroactive to July 1, expiring on June 30, 2020. According to the contract terms, country agricultural inspectors will be responsible for certifying the quality of hemp seeds, ensuring that they're harvested, cleaned and packaged in compliance with standards established under the California Seed Law. Inspectors will follow guidelines provided by the California Crop Improvemen
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