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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.

South Carolina regulators clear pesticides for hemp production

Hemp farmers in South Carolina now have temporary access to an arsenal of pesticides for the 2019 production season after state regulators approved a list of products suitable for hemp cultivation. The move eliminates a hurdle farmers have faced since the crop was cleared for production in the state earlier this year. Regulators from the […]

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Indiana CBD retailers suing state over smokable hemp ban

Hoping to gain a new business opportunity, Indiana CBD retailers are turning to the federal court system to overturn the state’s ban on smokable hemp products. Seven hemp-derived CBD retailers filed the lawsuit in Southern Indiana District Court in cooperation with the Midwest Hemp Council, the Courthouse News Service reported. The ban took effect July […]

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Smokable hemp ban in North Carolina could be law by December

The North Carolina House Agriculture Committee approved a bill that supports a ban on smokable hemp. The House committee on Friday moved the legislation forward, including a smokable hemp ban that would take effect Dec.1. The ban, part of a bill outlining the state’s hemp program in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill, passed the […]

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How to prepare for new hemp production rules coming next month

With one month left before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases much-anticipated federal hemp production rules, the industry needs to start planning and preparing now for the 2020 season, hemp business experts say. With the USDA saying it expects to have regulations ready by August, Hemp Industry Daily reached out to legal experts to find […]

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Banking, financing remain serious struggle for hemp, CBD businesses

Hemp farmers and businesses continue to have difficulty financing their operations and securing banking services, despite federal lawmakers’ calls for them to be treated as lawful, legitimate businesses under the 2018 Farm Bill. Because of a lack of clear federal banking regulations and uncertainty from financial institutions, hemp and CBD businesses are finding that while one […]

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Florida governor signs state hemp program into law

After months of preparation, the state of Florida is ready to move ahead with commercial hemp production under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said hemp in Florida is needed to help farmers harmed by hurricanes and diseases that have affected citrus, the state’s largest commodity. Hurricane Michael […]

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USDA: Hemp production rules will be ready by August

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it will complete federal rules for domestic hemp production by August. Although states and tribes began submitting their plans to the USDA for review starting the day after the 2018 Farm Bill was signed in December, the agency said in February it wouldn’t finalize rules until the 2020 growing season. Under […]

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Verdict still out on how limited CBD hemp genetics perform across US

As the number of states approving hemp production increases, so does the demand for certified, feminized hempseed and clones for CBD production.

Established hemp farmers and breeders are working to develop new plant varieties that will work in the unique climates and microclimates throughout the different growing regions within the U.S.

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Hemp farmers still looking for CBD inputs should source with caution, experts say

Hemp farmers looking to capitalize on the lucrative demand for high-CBD hemp varieties may still be able to salvage their 2019 season even though the industry is seeing a shortage in feminized seeds and clones.

Hemp production experts suggest planting non-feminized seeds and culling male plants early, or planting larger-sized clones later in the season, if farmers can find any available.

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