Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

Canada’s hemp industry shrank last year amid slow-moving CBD regulations, USDA says

Canada has a 20-year head start on the United States in growing and processing hemp. But Canada’s acreage shrank in 2018 as the nation lagged behind its southern neighbor in developing a market for hemp extracts such as CBD, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights Canada’s industrial hemp industry. […]

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Hemp acreage jumps 500% in 2019, a sign of legalization’s impact

American farmers are signing up to grow hemp in eye-popping numbers in this first growing season after the plant was federally legalized, with licensed acres up more than 554% from last year, according to advocacy group Vote Hemp. The Washington, DC-based lobbying advocacy group released its annual U.S. Hemp Crop Report on Thursday. The group reports […]

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Oregon hemp company warns of layoffs after permit violation

A rural Oregon hemp-extraction company is warning of 90 layoffs because of a permit delay. Evergreen State Holdings sent notice about the potential layoffs to Oregon authorities last week, the Portland Business Journal reported. Located about two hours east of Portland, the company said it received a stop-work order from the Oregon Building Codes Division […]

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Much of Hawaii hemp crop destroyed as farmers search for viable cultivars

More than 50% of Hawaii’s 2019 hemp crop had to be destroyed because of elevated THC levels, a problem that state agriculture officials attribute to a lack of cultivars suited to a tropical climate. Eighteen crops were destroyed and another four hemp crops exceeded legal THC limits but were granted waivers because the THC was […]

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Plant researchers discuss breeding priorities for stable hemp genetics

To maintain growth, the booming U.S. hemp industry needs a reliable supply of steady, stable seed genetics. Professional and academic plant breeders are rushing to fill the market demand, but it might take at least another five years to develop those genetics, according to longtime breeders. That’s because it takes time to breed, trial and […]

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EPA seeking industry input on pesticide applications for hemp production

Federal pesticide regulators are reviewing products for use on hemp, a major step toward making the newly legal crop a national commodity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday asked for public comment on 10 pesticide applications it has received. The EPA “is taking the next step toward registering crop-protection tools for hemp in time for […]

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Hemp Industry Daily seeks industry input for annual business survey

Hemp Industry Daily has launched its second annual survey of hemp industry executives and investors, an undertaking that’s intended to help the Colorado-based company provide key market, financial and operational data for businesses and entrepreneurs. Owners, founders and executives of hemp operations – from growers and processors to retailers, as well as investors funding hemp […]

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USDA: National THC test for hemp ‘as challenging as you think it is’

Federal agriculture authorities are struggling to craft a nationwide THC testing standard so that state and local regulators can tell hemp from marijuana, complicating the release of standardized production rules, according to an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). William Richmond, head of the Specialty Crops Program in the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, […]

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