Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

Fiber, grain varieties bring distinct storage needs for hemp producers

(This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the July issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) Traditionally, industrial hemp has two main commercial uses: food and fiber. The two uses have distinctly different storage needs: Food: Hemp grain storage is often kept on-farm. Canada requires hemp grain to be stored in clean, dry, aerated and […]

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Hemptown acquires nutraceutical maker, moves into consumer packaged goods

Hemptown Organics Corp., a vertically integrated, multistate hemp producer based in Central Point, Oregon, has acquired longtime nutraceutical manufacturer Kirkman Group for $5 million. With $6 million in existing annual revenue, Kirkman operates a 25,000-square-foot nutraceutical manufacturing facility that is Current Good Manufacturing Process (CGMP)-certified and licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according […]

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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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States setting their own CBD rules as federal action lags

Hoping to resolve the legal confusion surrounding the selling of CBD products, states are starting to leapfrog federal health regulators and give hemp entrepreneurs permission to put cannabis extracts in food, drinks and dietary supplements.

But the efforts aren’t reducing legal headaches for the hemp industry.

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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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Hemp farmers tailoring new genetics for different growing regions throughout US

(This is the last installment in a five-part series examining the shortage of feminized hempseeds and clones and its effects on the hemp industry. To read the previous installments, click here.) The breeding of hemp varieties is ramping up among plant breeders and at hemp farms with established research-and-development departments. In more humid areas of […]

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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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