Hemp Channel

Fri
24
Sep

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.

Wed
22
Sep

Hemp In Animal Feed: AAFCO Says More Research Needed

feeding a chicken

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.

Mon
20
Sep

Hemp Plastics Startup Crowdfunds

coloured plastic

 

A North American company has turned to the crowdfunding scene to raise cash for its hemp bioplastics venture.

Canadian Industrial Hemp Corporation (CIHC) has so far raised more than $1 million of a $5 million dollar target that will go towards building a factory to mass-produce plastic pellets made from agricultural waste – including hemp.

The company says it has patent-pending technology featuring artificial intelligence to reduce cost and improve quality compared to existing global competitors, but that it would use high-throughput automated equipment already in use across Europe and Asia.

Fri
10
Sep

US Hemp Industry Seeks $1 Billion Government Funding

logo of National Hemp Association

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

hemp crop

 

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

hemp field

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

hand pruning hemp leaves

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

hemp leaf

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.

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