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Wed
12
Feb

More Alabama Farmers Sign up to Grow Hemp

Jon Hegeman’s newest crop looks like marijuana. It’s got towering, feathery flowers — aka buds — and those tell-tale multi-fingered leaves.

“This is the closest thing you’ll have in Alabama to marijuana,” says Hegeman, a hemp farmer and president and co-owner of Greenway Plants.

For the first time in almost 90 years, it’s now legal to grow hemp in the U.S., including in Alabama. The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp off a list of drugs the federal government says have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.

Wed
12
Feb

A new CBG hemp strain is now available in the United States

CBD has recently gained attention for its medical properties, now a new CBG hemp strain is available in the United States for farmers.

High Grade Hemp Seed, in partnership with Swiss Cannabinoid, has released the new CBG hemp strain in the US, giving farmers a chance at diversifying their crops.

The potent power of CBG is a hot topic, and American hemp farmers have been anxiously awaiting the release of reliable high-CBG genetics.

Mon
03
Feb

Maryland Farmers Look for Guidelines On Hemp

The meeting room was packed on Jan. 15 for the Maryland Hemp Exchange Roundtable.

Hosted by the Maryland Farm Bureau, the roundtable included speakers Jim Drews, operations manager with the Office of Plant Industries & Pest Management of the Maryland Department of Agriculture; Dan Galluzzo and Eryck Stamper from the Maryland Hemp Exchange; and Kevin Atticks, founder & CEO of Grow & Fortify.

Attendees came hoping for guidelines on Maryland’s hemp production plans and regulations. Fred Coulbourn, who owns 38 acres in Caroline County, hopes to get in on the production ground floor.

“There’ll be an abundance of growers once hemp catches on,” Coulbourn said. “They’ve got to take it past the growing to processors and markets.”

Thu
30
Jan

Nebraska Gearing Up For Hemp Renaissance

Nebraska’s not wasting any time on getting started on ramping up its hemp industry after the state’s plan received the all-clear from the USDA just a few days ago.

As we mentioned yesterday, USDA recently announced the latest states to have their plans approved – Delaware, Nebraska and Texas.

Nebraska’s Department of Agriculture (NDA) is keen to get cranking.

“Now that NDA has an approved state hemp plan in place, we can begin issuing licenses for the commercial cultivation, processing, handling and brokering of industrial hemp in Nebraska,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman.

Thu
30
Jan

USDA Green Lights Another Three State Hemp Plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the latest states to have their plans approved under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

Delaware, Nebraska and Texas all scored a guernsey, adding to the original state plans approved late last year –  those for Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.

As well as states, a number of Indian tribes have also had their plans approved:

Wed
29
Jan

Why Are Hemp Prices Still Falling?

In December 2018, the Trump administration legalized hemp at the federal level. Hemp is a type of cannabis that contains a lower amount of psychoactive THC and more CBD. Currently, hemp with less than 0.3% THC can be grown legally. CBD helps treat various medical conditions. In June 2019, Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics estimated that the CBD market in the US would reach $20 billion by 2024. So, the euphoria surrounding CBD led many farmers to take up hemp cultivation.

Tue
21
Jan

Ohio Farmers Another Step Towards Hemp In 2020

It’s looking increasingly likely farmers in the U.S. state of Ohio will be able to plant hemp this year.

On July 30 last year Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 57 into law, allowing for the state’s Department of Agriculture to immediately plant a research crop and helping to clear the way for the state’s farmers to start growing hemp in 2020 – but some red tape remained.

Tue
21
Jan

2020 could be the year for hemp in Idaho: Farmers say crop option would be a boon

Magic Valley farmer Tim Cornie took a trip to Alberta, Canada, in September. He drove more than 3,000 miles in four days with one specific goal: To learn about hemp from Canadian farmers and researchers.

And he learned a lot.

“I came back thinking (hemp) was a very viable thing for Idaho,” Cornie said.

Cornie, and his cousin Kurt Mason, are farmers and owners of 1,000 Springs Mill, a new food company in Buhl that specializes in organic and non-genetically modified foods. They want to grow hemp essentially like a grain in the Magic Valley and sell the seeds as food.

But Idaho law won’t let them, even though hemp production is legal at the federal level and in 47 states.

Tue
14
Jan

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.

Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres (200,000 hectares) last year, more than 450% above 2018 levels, so there's intense interest in the rules the U.S. government is creating. Critical comments on the draft have poured in from hemp farmers, processors, retailers and state governments.

Mon
06
Jan

What's different about this BMW at the 2020 Farm Show hemp exhibit? It's 14% hemp

The Farm Show is chock full of products coming from Pennsylvania’s agricultural industries. This year’s show has a larger showing than last year of one of its newer commodities: hemp.

Hemp is featured at the Farm Show in unique ways, from a house built from hempcrete, to clothing made from hemp materials, to a BMW car that has 14% of its content made out of hemp.

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