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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.


Wyoming takes another step toward hemp production

Farmers in Wyoming are getting closer to having another crop to cultivate now that the state’s Department of Agriculture has submitted a plan for hemp production to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Last month, Gov. Mark Gordon signed the first state-level hemp law since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Wyoming’s new law calls for […]

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Farm Credit Administration to issue guidance on hemp financial services

Hemp businesses could know as soon as next week which financial institutions they can approach for credit and lending help. The U.S. Farm Credit Administration (FCA) chairman and CEO Dallas Tonsager says that the agency will advise its 69 regional institutions on lending to hemp producers, Agri-Pulse reported. Tonsager said Tuesday that lenders will need […]

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FDA warns CBD businesses: Stop making medical claims – or else

Three CBD companies received letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warning them against making “unsubstantiated claims” about their products’ medical benefits. The companies, Advanced Spine and Pain (Relievus) in Jenison, Michigan, Nutra Pure in Vancouver, Washington, and PotNetwork Holdings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are accused of promoting […]

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‘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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