Hemp Channel

Fri
10
Sep

US Hemp Industry Seeks $1 Billion Government Funding

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The USA’s National Hemp Association (NHA) and its Standing Committee of Hemp Organizations (SCOHO) has its cap out for a billion-dollar amendment to the pending House Budget Reconciliation measure.

 

The NHA and organizations comprising SCOHO represent more than 90% of licensed hemp farmers across the USA.

The NHA says the cash it’s chasing is essential for acceleration of hemp fiber and grain production as vital infrastructure is needed to build reliable supply chains after eight decades of prohibition. Planting and growing hemp was prohibited in the USA in 1937 and  officially banned in 1970 under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) when it was unfairly lumped in with its intoxicating cousin, marijuana.

Wed
08
Sep

Are Texas hemp crops concealing marijuana? Maybe, says Texas ag commissioner

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is known as a big booster of hemp production in the state, cheering legalization of the crop in 2019 and even planting a few acres himself since then on land near Stephenville.

That’s why an assertion Miller is making has caught fellow advocates for the fledgling Texas hemp industry by surprise — he contends some growers are "probably" using hemp fields licensed by his office as fronts to cultivate marijuana, which is identical to hemp in appearance but illegal.

"It is highly probable," Miller said in a recent interview with the American-Statesman, although he acknowledged he has no proof.

Wed
08
Sep

Hemp Maze Minnesota Is Almost Surely One-Of-A-Kind

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ZUMBROTA, Minn. (WCCO) — A farmer south of the cities is hoping you’ll make his place a new fall tradition. He has a maze made out of a hemp field, about an hour south of the cities in Zumbrota. The owner tells WCCO he is using the attraction for education.

Ted Galaty is the owner and operator of Hemp Maze Minnesota. The maze is located at Willow’s Keep Farm just south of Zumbrota on Highway 5.

Tue
07
Sep

Farmers swap cattle for cannabis as north east becomes ‘hemp haven’

Hemp is being trialled by local farmers throughout Aberdeenshire and Angus.

The north east is gradually becoming an unlikely centre of the hemp-growing industry.

A variety of the cannabis plant, hemp is being trialled by local farmers throughout Aberdeenshire and Angus and grown specifically to make a wide range of products.

The Scottish Hemp Association hope a successful harvest could prompt more in the area to follow suit.                                              

Twelve months ago there was only around two known farms in the country, but there’s been a drive this year for more and now there’s over ten in the north east alone.

Tue
24
Aug

Helping Hand For US Organic Hemp Producers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is again pitching in with financial support for organic producer and handler certifications.

Applying not just to hemp, the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) will help offset the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program.

“USDA is here to help all producers, including those who grow our nation’s organic food and fiber,” said USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “Many farmers have told us that cost was a barrier to their ability to get an organic certification.”

Tue
24
Aug

Helping Hand For US Organic Hemp Producers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is again pitching in with financial support for organic producer and handler certifications.

Applying not just to hemp, the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) will help offset the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program.

“USDA is here to help all producers, including those who grow our nation’s organic food and fiber,” said USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “Many farmers have told us that cost was a barrier to their ability to get an organic certification.”

Mon
23
Aug

CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA. Here’s why Colorado companies are pushing for that to (quickly) change.

test tube with liquid in it.

Colorado is at the center of the nation’s cannabidiol boom, producing much of the nation’s hemp and serving as home to many CBD sellers.

Inside a nondescript office building in Englewood, a deafening alarm stops a team of workers in lab coats and hair nets. It’s a sensor alerting staff to a potential problem with the product, tiny bottles of cannabidiol moving along a conveyor belt at a swift pace. 

The vials are headed to a fulfillment warehouse where they’ll be shipped on to online consumers across the U.S. and quality is critical as the already multibillion-dollar demand for CBD grows.

Fri
20
Aug

Mississippi hemp processing plant hopes to create “Hempcrete”

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Hemp processors working to add hemp to infrastructure

PRENTISS, Miss. (WDAM) - Hemp is a crop commonly known to be smoked. However, Mississippi’s only hemp processing plant is working on more than just ways to smoke it. They want to make a major part of the state’s infrastructure.

“We are looking at taking cement and concrete that already exists down in Mississippi and in putting hemp into,” says Eric Sorenson, owner of the processing plant. “This block here has 25% hemp in it. It makes it’s still strong, and it can be made here in Mississippi.”

Sorenson has been working with his partner, Isaiah Byrd, to create a mixture called “hempcrete.”

Fri
20
Aug

Hemp flaunts its foodie credentials at Delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards

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The straight-laced cousin of cannabis is becoming a mainstream food product, with some impressive nutritional credentials.

Hemp is shaking off its stoner and hippy connotations and gaining a foodie following as more people come to appreciate the plant’s taste and nutritional benefits.

Having garnered widespread acceptance since the Australian Government declared it legal to sell hemp as a food in late 2017, hemp’s protein-rich seed has made its way onto supermarket shelves, and into products ranging from hemp burger patties to nut bars, beer, gin and kombucha.

Thu
19
Aug

Tennessee’s Hemp-Heavy History

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The state of Tennessee has a rich past — and promising future — with the cash crop

Tennessee has been a hemp state for a lot longer than it hasn’t been one.

The versatile plant was already a major cash crop in the United States by the time Tennessee joined the union in 1796, and pioneer families who’d had success with it brought it across the Applachians from Virginia and the Carolinas. Producing hemp was critical at a time when ships were the primary conveyances of commerce, as its tough fibers are perfect for making sails and lines, and farmers could cash in with both government and private commercial supply contracts.

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