Hemp Channel

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.

Thu
14
Nov

Iowa farmers can cash in on growing hemp industry in 2020

Iowa farmers will have the opportunity next year to begin growing hemp.

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued regulations pertaining to the production of industrial hemp. The growth of the fairly new crop, licensing and testing procedures, and possible destruction of plants that fall short of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, requirements will be governed by the rules.

The move came as a sigh of relief for farmers who are struggling financially, especially after the trade dispute between the U.S. and China negatively affected sales of traditional harvests. It is believed that hemp-derived cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, will create new revenue.

Fri
01
Nov

'We don't know exactly what they're doing': Researcher concerned about how hemp oil is produced

With thousands of acres near harvest in Tennessee, one TSU researcher is worried about how some processors extract hemp oil.

Dr. Roy Bullock is the Director of the hemp program at TSU. He knows there are many processors in the state, but isn't sure about what methods everyone is using.

"Right now, with everybody in the hemp program, nobody is exactly sure about any processes that [are] going on," said Dr. Bullock. "We don't know exactly what they're doing from a university standpoint."

Hemp can be extracted in a number of ways. Dr. Bullock said, in his opinion, the way that shows the most promise is by using liquid frozen carbon dioxide.

Fri
01
Nov

U.S. organic hemp research gets a funding boost

A $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is supporting Purdue University research into organic hemp production.

Much knowledge has been lost in the USA between the start of prohibition decades ago and the recent hemp renaissance; particularly in relation to growing hemp without the use of pesticides, or the use of environmentally gentle pesticides.

While a hardy crop, there are a multitude of hemp pests; including aphids, gnats and borers that can reduce yield or kill plants.

Thu
31
Oct

Sow much hemp: A large harvest prompts fears of oversupply

Last week, Sam Markowski pulled his pickup truck into a field where he once planted 10 acres of feed corn. Instead of neat rows of corn stalks, however, thousands of dark green hemp plants dotted the landscape.

Markowski, wearing a fleece and a baseball cap bearing the name of his family's excavation company, threaded his way through the pungent plants toward a lone worker in the distance, framed by hills of fading fall foliage.

Chris Teitsma gently squeezed the flower-laden stalk top of a hemp plant, known as the cola, and explained how he knew the time for harvesting had arrived. "You want them fat and firm like this," Teitsma said, showing off the crop. "The flowers are really dense and packed in there."

Thu
31
Oct

Dummies keep stealing hemp crops thinking they’re marijuana

Low penalties for thieves and general miseducation between hemp and marijuana has caused farmers serious problems.

Thu
31
Oct

US Department of Agriculture rolls out hemp cultivation guidelines

As consumer interest in CBD products in the United States continues to surge, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) released interim draft rules for growing hemp this week.

The guidelines for hemp cultivation will be subject to a 60-day public comment period, after which the USDA will start reviewing proposed regulations from states and tribes.

“At USDA, we are always excited when there are new economic opportunities for our farmers, and we hope the ability to grow hemp will pave the way for new products and markets,” Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Hemp