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Kristen Nichols

Kristen is a Denver-based reporter for Marijuana Business Daily specializing in the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for nearly 20 years. She started covering the marijuana legalization movement in 2009 – when medical stores started popping up around Denver – and wrote about the state’s first legal hemp harvest. Kristen also covered agriculture and politics in Maryland and her home state of Georgia.


Federal loan memo warns banks about working with hemp producers

Hemp advocates are calling foul after a federal agency that regulates farm lending warned financial institutions not to work with hemp producers in states without U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved plans. The July 12 memo from the U.S. Farm Credit Administration (FCA) – an independent agency that regulates financial institutions that lend to farmers – tells […]

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Using predatory bugs to keep hemp russet mites at bay

(This story has been updated to include additional information about sulfur applications.) A relatively unknown predatory mite can stave off potentially disastrous infestations of hemp russet mites when used in the right conditions. Hemp russet mites (aculops cannibicola) were virtually unheard of in marijuana and hemp production until widespread outbreaks in 2017, said Andrew Maltby, […]

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