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Laura Drotleff

Laura has specialized in agricultural journalism for the past 20 years. Most recently she served as the editor of a B2B publication and multimedia properties focused on productivity, efficiency and profitability in commercial greenhouse cultivation. She has reported on multiple aspects of specialty crops including floriculture, fruit, vegetables, citrus and cannabis. She also has served extensively on various horticulture industry association boards. Laura is a Michigan State University graduate and is based in Cleveland, Ohio.


Iowa retailer arrested for selling still-illegal CBD products

An Iowa CBD retailer was arrested after allegedly selling products containing cannabidiol to police. Lacie Navin, the owner of Your CBD Store, in Ankeny, Iowa, was arrested as part of a task force investigation into businesses selling CBD in the area after multiple complaints. According to police, this is the first arrest in the state […]

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Another German court halts sale of CBD as food without ‘novel’ authorization

Local authorities acted correctly by not allowing sales of CBD products that don’t have a “novel food” authorization, a German court decided, confirming an earlier ruling. The “novel food” classification is given by the European Union to products that have not been significantly consumed before 1997. The Gießen Administrative Court (VG Gießen) said it decided […]

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New Mexico to invest $400,000 in Las Cruces hemp manufacturing firm

A hemp manufacturing business in Southern New Mexico will get a boost from the state’s Economic Development Department. The agency said it has pledged to invest $400,000 in 420 Valley as part of a continued effort by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration to grow the burgeoning industry. 420 Valley plans to move into a vacant […]

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Embattled Pennsylvania hemp processor ordered to close

A hemp drying and processing company in Pennsylvania that has received numerous complaints about its facilities, odor and lack of pay to employees has been ordered by the state to close. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an administrative order to cease operation at the Jeannette facility of Patriot Shield, The Philadelphia Enquirer reported. […]

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Key US senator wants USDA to extend hemp rule comment period

The top Democratic official in the U.S. Senate is calling on federal agriculture regulators to allow more time for hemp industry stakeholders to have their voices heard regarding hemp production regulations. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend […]

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Farmers can now apply for hemp production licenses through USDA

Producers who want to grow hemp in 2020 but live in a state that does not currently have a program can now apply for federal licenses. The Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting license applications from producers whose states or tribes do not submit plans for approval. The agency […]

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USDA, congresswoman to discuss hemp rules and challenges with Maine farmers

Hemp farmers in Maine are getting an opportunity to discuss the new hemp regulations with a representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) thanks to a member of Congress who nudged the agency to get the rules out. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is playing host to a roundtable Monday at a Maine farm where the […]

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The story behind a hemp extract firm’s distributor deals with major grocery, pharmacy chains

When President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, it not only made hemp a legal crop on the federal level, it also made cannabis-derived products more obtainable to consumers beyond marijuana retailers.

A side effect of this development is that securing a partnership with mainstream retail companies has become the goal of every cannabis business hoping to reach more customers and potentially see a huge increase in sales.

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Christmas tree shortage possible as farmers switch to hemp

Farmers moving to hemp production could cause shortages of other crops, including Christmas trees. Consumers should make their yearly pilgrimage to pick out the perfect tree for the holidays sooner than later, according to experts, because some tree farmers have pivoted away from the crop to concentrate on faster-growing, more profitable crops such as hemp. […]

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