Bill Richmond

Chief, USDA Hemp Program

Bill Richmond, Chief, USDA Hemp Program, leads the team responsible for establishment and implementation of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.  The USDA hemp program oversees State and Tribal hemp regulations, producer licensing, laboratory compliance testing, rulemaking, intergovernmental affairs and stakeholder outreach.  He has been in Federal service, all with USDA, for 22 years.  In other roles, he led the Country of Origin and Bioengineered Food Labeling Programs, served as the chief of staff of the Agricultural Marketing Service under the Obama and Trump administrations, and was the field office lead for the Colorado dairy office.  He studied agricultural economics at the University of Maryland, and holds professional certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Brookings Institution.