California’s agricultural inspection agency will open public comment on the state’s proposed changes to its rules for certifying the safety and quality of agricultural products, including its proposed rules for certified hydroponic farms.
The agency will make the rules public on Thursday.
The rules will likely require that hydroponics be certified before they can be sold.
The new rules will apply to all products from hydroponically grown plants, including fruit, vegetables, and herbs.
The state’s agriculture department will be tasked with overseeing the rule-making process, including reviewing comments and responding to the public’s feedback.
The California Farm Bureau Federation and other groups that have been lobbying against the changes said the state should have required the certification process before it could sell hydropony.
The federation also said the new rules would create a new loophole for companies that want to grow their products in California.