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Weed for feed: hemp and algae projects land $10 million grants

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Ohio’s Central State University aims to investigate using hemp as an aquaculture feed ingredient to address food safety concerns about consuming seafood raised with hemp feed additives. They will also research ways to increase economic markets and production sustainability for seafood and hemp.


Cann’s Proposed NSW Cannabis Project In Public Comment Period


An ambitious proposed medical cannabis project near Tamworth in the Australian state New South Wales has entered its public comment phase.

Back in May, Cann Pharmaceutical Australia submitted a development application associated with multi-million dollar medical cannabis cultivation and production facility in New South Wales’ Tamworth Regional Council area.

To be constructed at 37 Evans Lane in Appleby on a 108-hectare site, Cann intends to build a 9,417m2 greenhouse, a 500m2 greenhouse and 895.61m2 production facility that will be used grow and produce medical cannabis to be distributed throughout Australia. Also included in the build would be various shedding, a guard house for security and a number of rainwater tanks for a total capacity of 190,000 litres.


Is the hemp heart the next meat analogue?

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In an effort to create the ultimate meat substitute that delivers on taste and texture, Victory Hemp is placing its bets on the hemp seed heart. The demand for meat alternatives is growing worldwide but the challenge of mimicking meat without compromises on taste is a difficult hurdle to overcome. However, one Kentucky-based company believes it’s cracked it – and the answer lies in the hemp heart.




The US plant-based market

Global meat consumption is rising, especially in the US, which makes up around $270 billion of the $1.4 trillion worldwide meat industry.1


What Keeps New York Hemp Farmers Up at Night

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Fear is looming over the cannabis industry as many try to maneuver their way into the nascent New York market. There is deep concern that social equity participants and small business owners won't have a level playing field to compete against large corporations or interstate trade. 

One New York hemp farmer has been working hard behind the scenes to make sure craft farmers in his state are ready when legalization rolls out. He is  Allan Gandelman, president of the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association, a longtime farmer, and activist.

Here, he talks about preparing for New York's cannabis debut and his biggest worry—federal legalization and interstate commerce.


Immediate Changes For Hemp Growers And Sales In Oregon

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With the passage of HB 3000, a lot is about to change in Oregon’s hemp industry.
One of the more immediate changes registered hemp growers may notice is additional enforcement action in areas of the state where illegal grows and “hot” hemp has become a large concern over the past year or so.


Levi’s Targets More Hemp, Sustainable Cotton in Jeans

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Last year, it introduced jeans made with textile technology startup Re:newcell’s breakthrough recycled Circulose fiber, increased cottonized hemp use throughout its product assortment and continued to work towards developing water-saving, regenerative and pesticide-free cultivation methods. By the end of 2020, 83 percent of its cotton came from more sustainable sources, including organic and recycled cotton and the Better Cotton Initiative, and the company plans to reach 100 percent more sustainable cotton by the end of 2025.


How Hemp Is Helping Fight Climate Change

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Hemp is easily one of the most valuable crops in the world today.

Not only does it produce the versatile healing compound cannabidiol (CBD) in larger doses than cannabis, but it also has several eco-friendly uses. Scientists around the world already recognize its potential in helping fight the seemingly uphill battle against climate change. It can be used to make a wide variety of things from construction materials to paper, cotton, food, and more but it has such a high value for both the economy as well as the ecosystem.

Here’s how hemp can help fight climate change.


Projects Aim to Manage Weeds in Organic Fruit, Hemp Farming

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Weed control is a problem as old as agriculture itself, but two projects from a Cornell AgriTech researcher aim to cultivate new methods for zapping the pesky plants, benefiting organic apple and grape growers and hemp producers in New York state and around the country.

Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, is collaborating on a $2 million project to study electric weed control in perennial fruit crops. She is also leading a $325,000 weed management study for hemp. Both studies are multi-institution, multistate undertakings that aim to provide growers with evidence-based, location-specific recommendations to suppress weeds and maximize yields.


Is Michigan’s industrial hemp future in the automotive industry?

Michigan’s hemp industry could get up to $100 million in federal funds to help it compete globally under a proposal pushed by a nationwide growers association.

The state is one of four with emerging hemp industries targeted by the National Hemp Association (NHA) along with Oregon, New York and Florida. The funding would be for developing a “regional super site” in each state to aid in the industry’s growth, said Geoff Whaling, the association’s chair.

Hemp is a cannabis plant with a very low percentage of THC, the psychoactive element of marijuana. Developing the industry could benefit Michigan environmentally and economically, Whaling said. The plant has many uses, but the state’s auto industry is what makes it a target for development.


Hemp In Animal Feed: AAFCO Says More Research Needed

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The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has provided an update on its position on the use of hemp and hemp byproducts in animal feed, calling for more research.

In the USA, animal feed is regulated at a federal level by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM). AAFCO is a non-regulatory body promoting the uniform regulation of feed throughout the country, working on the recommendations of the FDA.


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