Previously, there was no official mechanism for Vermont's hemp growers to have their product tested, though many industrial growers have labs to test their crop or have it sent to third-party labs for testing.

Among the last official actions taken by outgoing Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross was to create a hemp testing pilot program.

Ross signed a memo announcing the program the morning of Jan. 5, the day of Gov. Phil Scott's inauguration. Incoming Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts was briefed on the initiative and supports it, officials said.

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