• November 16, 2019
  • by Duane Stjernholm
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Templates for You to Post Comments to the USDA on the Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program

Greetings, everyone,  Recently the USDA posted the Interim Final Rules (IFR) for the Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program.  They have opened up a 60 day window for all interested parties to make comments on these 161 pages of Rules and there are some issues with the Rules as written that we need everyone to comment on to effectuate needed changes to these rules before they are completely finalized next year.  This 60 day window is closed on December 30th.  I have read all 161 pages of the rules and have compiled a Template for you to use to make it easier for you to file your comments.  We need thousands of people to file comments to make sure the rules are the fairest they can be and the best they can be for all involved in the nascent Hemp Industry.  I have created both a word file and a PDF file with these comments.  The Word File is a Template that can be used by you to add, subtract, edit and create a custom comment sheet that reflects your ideas.  The PDF file can be used if you are happy with the comments as written and you just want to post them on the behalf of the Colorado Hemp Processing Cooperative (CHPC).  Because some of the issues referenced in the comments can only be changed by Congress or the President, we also ask that you to send comments to your Congressional Representatives/Senators and the President.  We must flood their in-boxes with these comments to truly make a difference.  When you go to the USDA’s website (posted below) you will see the button to push to make comments.  Once you push that button, it will take you to a page with a comments section that only allows comments of 5000 characters.  Because our comments are much longer than that you can go below the comments section and post the whole document which you will have to save on your computer/device.  You can post the whole document there.  If just posting the PDF document you cannot alter first,   but just post it from where it is saved on your computer/device on behalf of the CHPC.  Additionally please Forward/Share/Repost this information on all of your social media platforms so we can get thousands of people commenting, and that is what we really need to encourage the USDA to make effective changes.  The changes we have outlined in our comments are crucial to the long term success of the Hemp Industry in America and we can’t express our gratitude adequately to you for your help in making these changes possible. 

I have also posted the comments on our web site Blog at COHPC.ORG in addition to our Facebook pages and  LinkedIn page.  If you see them there please Share them to additionally reach all of your contacts.

                I have created folders with both the Word and PDF documents on One Drive and in Google Documents and they are available to anyone that has the links below.  The best way to get to the Templates is to copy the link and paste it into your browser and it should go right to the Templates.  If you have a problem and can’t access them for whatever reason, please send me an email at duanestjernholm@msn and I will send you an email with the Templates attached.  Thank you for your help in flooding Social Media Sites with these Templates as well as your email lists.  Here are the applicable links:

The Link to the USDA website where you can review the 161 page IFR document and Post your comment: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-1919

The Shared Link to the One Drive Folder to download the Templates:


The Shared Link to the Google Docs Folder to download the Templates:


The Link to email the President: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

The Link to Find Your Congressional Representatives with links to their pages to share the Templates with your Representatives and Senators:


Our Colorado Hemp Processing Cooperative website Link: https://www.cohpc.org/classic-blog-with-right-sidebar/

               I’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to Share Your Comments, but it is up to you to take the initiative and actually do it.  Thank you all for your Help and LET’S GET THIS DONE to facilitate a Healthy Hemp Industry in the US for everyone’s benefit.


Duane Stjernholm

Biography - Duane Stjernholm

Duane D. Stjernholm was born in La Junta, Colorado, a small town in the southeastern corner of the state. Raised in nearby Cheraw, an even smaller town, he graduated Co-Valedictorian from Cheraw High School and continued his education at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, earning a B.S. Degree in Psychology. Growing up in a small, rural town with relatives in both farming and ranching, Duane has done about every job on farms and ranches from tractor driving to branding cattle. Realizing what physically hard work is involved with farming and ranching he looked at other opportunities. Seeking to explore the world in search of adventure, he joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in the Philippines working in Rice Irrigation Water Management in the Province of Pampanga, and subsequently teaching Introductory Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna.
Recovering from “Reverse Culture Shock” upon his return to Colorado, he attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver earning a Master of Arts in Religion Degree, specializing in Religious Philosophy and Metaphysics. Soon after graduation from Iliff he was fortunate to attend a live speech by the renown World Citizen and Inventor, R. Buckmaster Fuller, who inspired him on his current 35 year Mission of changing the prevalent mind-set of humanity from competition to cooperation and collaboration in order to Co-Create the Greatest and Highest Good for all Earth Citizens. To that end he founded the unprecedented Member organization, the United Earth Ecclesia.
To support and further his Mission he has worked in a number of hospitality and service oriented positions culminating in his last positions as Production Administrator at the nationwide non-profit, Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). He has published two books and launched United Earth Ecclesia website, ExLo.org, dedicated to the Co-Creation of the Greatest and highest Good for all Earth Citizens.
Returning to La Junta after a 40 year absence to be closer to relatives and out of the big city, Duane realized the need for hemp processing facilities in the Arkansas Valley and beyond for the rapidly expanding hemp industry in Colorado. He responded to the "find a need and fill it" adage, and as a result he and his Co-Founder have established the Colorado Hemp Processing Cooperative (COHPC.ORG) to fill that need.

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