FridayMar 13, 2020 9:00 am

Texas to Start Receiving Hemp Applications on March 16

The past few years have been good for hemp. The cash crop had been outlawed for decades due to its close relation to the illicit marijuana until the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law. The legislation classified industrial hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC and instructed states and tribes to create their own hemp programs and submit them to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval. The state of Texas had its hemp plan approved by the USDA earlier this year, a move that State Agriculture Commissioner called a 'victory for Texas farmers,' adding that the…

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WednesdayMar 11, 2020 4:00 pm

Minnesota Hemp Farmer Shocked When Samples Are Seized in the Mail

The current U.S. hemp scene can only be described as confusing. In fact, the cash crop’s resurgence has been marked with lots of confusion due to a lax regulatory structure. The Farm Bill legalized the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, and the only stipulation it made was that hemp had to have less than 0.3% THC to be considered legal. The industry has labored under this stipulation for the past year, and hemp farmers have had to bear the brunt. Ted Galaty, a Minnesota hemp farmer and owner of Hemp Maze Minnesota, recently had a package of industrial hemp…

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TuesdayMar 10, 2020 4:00 pm

Maine Farmers Consider Hemp Value Addition to Beat the Competition

For many farmers across the country, the 2018 Farm Bill was a godsend. For a while, they'd been looking for a new high-value cash crop that would guarantee them high returns. The legislation legalized industrial hemp after decades of prohibition, finally giving farmers access to a high return crop. The bill classified hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, and instructed states and tribes to create hemp programs and submit them to the USDA for approval. Just a year in and the market for hemp is worth millions of dollars in sales, and future projections are exceedingly positive. Although…

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FridayMar 06, 2020 9:00 am

3 Hemp Titans Join Forces and Create Supply Chain

Hemp had been outlawed for decades until Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation made an important distinction between hemp and marijuana, defining hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana. States and tribes interested in growing hemp were required to create and submit their hemp programs to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval. Within a year, the market for hemp was booming, mainly driven by the demand for hemp-derived cannabidiol. However, it's become quite clear that the hemp supply chain is riddled with issues. According to George Weiblen, a professor…

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ThursdayMar 05, 2020 4:00 pm

Ohio Starts Receiving Hemp Cultivation and Processing Applications

The Department of Agriculture in Ohio started accepting applications for hemp cultivation and hemp processing licenses on March 3. Growers who are interested in applying should head to the department's website for more details. The application is purely online, and it would include a mapping tool, which would help farmers indicate where they are planning to grow hemp. Although hemp can be cultivated across the state, the Department of Agriculture must approve all growing sites, and farmers can use clones or seeds to grow the crop. The department stipulated that the clones can only be obtained from licensed greenhouses or…

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WednesdayMar 04, 2020 9:00 am

New Senate Bill Includes Hemp and Marijuana Drinks Bottles in Recycling Program

Over the past few years, it's become increasingly clear that the planet is hurting under humanity's reign. Governments from all over the globe have started taking steps to reduce environmental pollution, and for many of them, this has included recycling non-biodegradable materials like glass and plastic or banning their use outright. Not only does this reduce the impact on the environment, but it prevents the manufacture of more of these materials when they're recycled. In the U.S., a pair of Senators have introduced a new bill that would promote recycling beverage containers, and here's the kicker, it explicitly stated that…

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MondayMar 02, 2020 9:00 am

California Farmers and State Officials Seek Ways to Bypass Federal Hemp Regulation

In October 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published its interim final rule on hemp in a bid to give the hemp sector some semblance of order. The industry exploded after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp, mostly pushed by the demand for hemp-derived CBD oil. However, due to a very loose regulatory structure, the industry was fraught with issues that made it difficult for hemp growers to operate. While the arrival of the interim final rule on hemp was applauded, it soon became apparent that some of the proposed regulations would be counterproductive to the budding sector. Growers…

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