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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.


‘Most of the industry looks good on paper’: Q&A with Highwater Financial’s Brent Williams

With new companies – both cannabis and mainstream – entering the hemp and CBD market every day, it may be difficult for investors to know where the best investment opportunities exist. But there are also more places to get guidance than ever before. For example, Brent Williams founded hedge fund and consulting firm Highwater Financial in […]

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Exactus buys online supplement retailer, seeks greater transparency

Proving that hemp-derived CBD really is sourced from hemp remains one of the big questions around its legality – and may be a key factor in a recent acquisition. Exactus, a Virginia-based health-care company with interests in cannabidiol treatments, acquired Hemp Healthy, a supplement firm that owns an e-commerce site selling CBD tinctures, topicals and […]

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Hemp boom: States report dramatic licensing increases for 2019

Hemp production is about to shift into overdrive in states where growers have been licensed to get started with the 2019 planting season. There is a dramatic increase in interest among new farmers looking to capitalize on hemp in states that have been growing the crop under pilot programs. Here’s an early look at 2019 […]

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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue issues warning for hemp farmers

As the hype around hemp ramps up and states issue record numbers of licenses to farmers wanting to capitalize on opportunities the new crop may offer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said this week he isn’t so sure hemp will be the cash crop everyone is hoping for. “What is the market potential of […]

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Sales of hemp products in Kentucky surged in 2018

Kentucky’s resurgent hemp sector flexed more economic clout in 2018, with processors reporting sharply higher sales and farmers reaping more than twice as much income from their crop. The state’s hemp processors reported $57.75 million in gross product sales last year, compared with $16.7 million in 2017, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Monday. Processors […]

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USDA offers full recording of Farm Bill and hemp webinar

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) listening session on domestic hemp production last week is now available to view at the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website. USDA-AMS said the broadcast received an “overwhelmingly positive response,” with more than 2,000 people participating in the webinar that was designed to collect public comment on hemp and […]

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Australian farmers in Tasmania increase hempseed production for food

The number of hemp producers in the Australian state of Tasmania, which produces 66% of the nation’s commercial hemp crop, has nearly doubled – and it’s projected to continue growing because drought is causing supply shortage in other regions, according to Australia’s ABC News. Tasmania has produced hemp for fiber and cosmetics since the 1990s, but […]

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10 things the hemp industry wants most from the USDA

The hemp industry wants faster rule-making, immediate hemp-transportation laws that were promised under the 2018 Farm Bill, common national THC-testing standards and an end to restrictions on imported seed in time for the 2019 season. Those were some of the top requests in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) webinar this week to solicit public […]

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South Dakota governor vetoes legal hemp production

The hopes for legal hemp production in South Dakota came to a halt when Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed a bill approved by the state’s Legislature. Concerned that South Dakota was “not ready” for legalized hemp production because it would prove too difficult for law enforcement to regulate, Noem previously made it known she was opposed […]

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SodaStream CEO invests in cannabis tech firm Seedo, joins board

The CEO of a beverage company recently acquired by PepsiCo is placing his bet on marijuana, joining the board of directors of and making a significant personal investment in an agriculture business working in cannabis production. Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of at-home carbonated drink maker SodaStream – which PepsiCo acquired last year for $3.2 billion – will join […]

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