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Thu
03
Dec

USDA Expands Multi-Peril Crop Insurance For Hemp Producers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced an expansion of the pilot Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) plan for hemp that will take effect in the 2021 crop year.

MCPI is the most common form of the federal crop insurance programme in the USA that insures against crop yield losses from all natural perils such as weather, fire and pestilence by enabling farmers to insure a certain percentage of historical crop production.

While delivered by private companies, MPCI is reinsured by the federal government.

The new states to be included for MPCI coverage are Arizona, Arkansas, Nevada and Texas – but only select counties within each. Additionally, 13 new counties are being included in states with existing coverage.

Thu
03
Dec

Now that industrial hemp is legal, Alaska’s industry must follow law

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The battle to legalize industrial hemp in Alaska was won in the halls of Congress and the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau over the past several years. Now it’s time for all those growing, processing, and selling hemp products to protect themselves and their customers by following the laws they fought so hard to pass.

Wed
02
Dec

Hemp Entrepreneurship Webinar for Small and Minority-Owned Companies

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On Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 1-2 p.m. CST, the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), along with the U.S. Hemp Roundtable (USHR), will host a free webinar, “Cultivating Entrepreneurship in the Hemp Industry: A Complimentary Webinar for Small and Minority-Owned Companies.” The webinar is designed to provide essential information for small and small minority-owned businesses and engage all industry stakeholders.

Wed
02
Dec

Heartbreak For Some Iowa Hemp Farmers

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Regulatory hurdles, backbreaking work and an uncertain market. Top that off with then having your crop destroyed and it was a really crappy season for some hemp farmers in the US state of Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reported last week reported approximately 13% of Iowa farmers’ hemp crops had to be fully or partially destroyed because the plants were “hot” – THC levels exceeded 0.3%, the maximum level permitted under state and federal laws.

Wed
02
Dec

USDA announces expansion, other improvements to hemp crop insurance

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The Department of Agriculture Monday announced the expansion of the pilot Multi-Peril Crop Insurance plan for hemp. The expansion and other improvements to the plan, will begin in the 2021 crop year.

USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre says, “Hemp offers exciting economic opportunities for our nation’s farmers, and we are listening and responding to their risk management needs.”

The program expansion allows for additional states and specific counties to be included in the program. The changes also allow broker contracts for hemp grain and adjust program reporting and billing dates. Sales closing, cancellation, production reporting and termination dates were adjusted to match dates of similar crops.

Tue
01
Dec

Cannabis And Hemp: Predictions 2021

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Federal Legalization Could Happen If Democrats Win Georgia’s Two Senate Seats In the January Run-off

Recreational and medical cannabis use ballot victories across the political spectrum this fall show marijuana’s acceptance continues to grow among American voters. Still, politicians mostly act along party lines. Over the past few years, the democrat-lead U.S. Congress has taken up cannabis industry banking and other related legislation. The republican-controlled Senate however, has blocked any liberalization of cannabis laws. If democrats take control of the Senate by winning the two seats up for grabs in the Georgia run-off in January, expect forward movement on federal legalization of cannabis.

Tue
24
Nov

USDA Green Lights Hemp Trade With $200,000 in Funding

The USDA recently approved funding for the National Industrial Hemp Council ($200,000) through the Market Access Program (MAP) of its Foreign Agricultural Service. Namely, the funding is aimed at supporting the hemp export market for the US.

Mon
23
Nov

Can the Hemp Business Survive?

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Soaps, deodorant, beard oil, pain relievers, lotion, hand sanitizer and an anti-anxiety tincture for pets.

The array of products Grant McCabe creates using oil extracted from hemp he grows on a Marlboro farm to sell in his Beacon shop, The Leaf, could soon have an imprimatur: New York-certified.

Last month, the state Department of Health unveiled proposed regulations governing how the plant is processed to extract cannabidiol oil (CBD) and other cannabinoid substances from its leaves and flowers. The proposals would set standards for products sold by retailers, including food and drinks.

But the regulations also would ban the sale of the smokable flower, or bud, of the plant, which retailers say is where they make most of their profits.

Fri
20
Nov

Introducing the Southeast Hemp Association

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Former North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association Expands into Multiple States

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Focusing on the growth of collaborative opportunities across the Southeast region's hemp industry, the former North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association has transitioned into the Southeast Hemp Association (SEHA). With 650 current members from seven different states, the SEHA will work to build the supply chain across the bioregion for the industry and promote best practices and standards for all facets of hemp, from plant to process to product.

Tue
17
Nov

Hemp Application Deadline Nearing in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) wants to remind eligible hemp growers and processors/handlers the deadline to apply for a hemp license for the 2021 crop is November 30, 2020 by 5:00 pm (CST). ADAI will accept hemp applications using their new online application system: agi.alabama.gov/hempapp.

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