Cultivation, Processing & Extraction

Myth-busting: Hemp needs more water than many think

Hemp isn’t as immune to drought as supporters claim, according to a Colorado State University soil researcher who analyzed two years of Colorado hemp production. “There are a lot of myths about this crop, and one of them is that it doesn’t need much water,” said Brian Campbell, a doctoral student in Soil and Crop […]

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Climate challenges may delay Florida hemp production

Hemp has been legal in Florida since 2017, but state researchers say that the Sunshine State’s unusual climate means it could be years before private farmers can sign up to try the new crop. Florida wants to make sure hemp isn’t invasive in its warm, humid climate, according to Growing Produce, a trade publication for […]

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Mike Tyson adds West Virginia hemp to his marijuana company

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is adding a hemp business to his marijuana company. Tyson Holistic, which broke ground in January on a marijuana cultivation and processing site in southern California, says it envisions growing hemp, lavender and soy in West Virginia, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Tyson’s company is teaming up with a […]

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McConnell plans to attach hemp legalization measure to Farm Bill

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill to legalize hemp continues to build momentum, attracting additional co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle after being fast-tracked to the Senate floor. The latest twist: The Republican from Kentucky now plans to attach the language of his legislation to the 2018 Farm Bill, which might improve the measure’s […]

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Oklahoma removes hemp from drug definitions

Oklahoma has taken hemp out of its drug code, becoming the 37th state to allow hemp cultivation. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the hemp law Monday, The Norman Transcript reported. Under the law, hemp will not be considered marijuana if it doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC and is grown as part of Oklahoma’s hemp […]

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Kansas governor signs hemp legalization law, but production months away

Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed Kansas into the modern hemp industry, but production won’t begin until 2019 while the state decides how to issue hemp licenses and how much to charge for them. Colver’s signature Friday makes Kansas at least the 36th state to allow hemp cultivation. Alaska’s governor enacted a hemp law two weeks […]

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Oregon delays some hemp licenses to finalize rules for sales in marijuana system

Oregon has put some hemp licenses on hold while regulators finalize rules for including the crop in the state’s marijuana system. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Friday that it will suspend issuing “hemp certificates” to growers and handlers who want to join the marijuana supply chain, pending the creation of new regulations. A new […]

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Alaska governor signs hemp bill – with pen made of hemp

Alaska has become at least the 35th state to allow hemp cultivation, after Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed the bill with a pen made of hemp. The measure, which passed unanimously in the state legislature, will “create a great opportunity for Alaska farmers,” Walker announced late Thursday. Alaska’s new hemp law doesn’t set license fees nor limit […]

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Colorado hemp biotech takes a leap – into traditional agriculture

As traditional agricultural firms increasingly wade into the hemp and marijuana markets, one Colorado cannabis biotech firm is going the opposite direction. Front Range Biosciences of Lafayette uses tissue-culture technology to make “plantlets” for hemp and marijuana producers. Now the company is branching into coffee production, planning to use the technology it perfected on cannabis […]

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Kentucky hemp-food manufacturer buys oil-press facility in Vermont

A Kentucky hemp-foods company is expanding into the Northeast with a new factory in Vermont. Victory Hemp Foods bought a 7,500-square-foot facility in Middlebury, Vermont, that formerly processed canola and sunflower oils, according to weekly newspaper Seven Days Vermont. The facility will process cold-pressed hemp oil and hemp protein powder, according to Victory Hemp Foods […]

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Cannabis, CBD industry wary of looming decision on epilepsy drug

The most disruptive product to hit the newly legal hemp industry might be one that will never be sold directly to consumers. GW Pharmaceuticals, a London-based biotech company, is awaiting a final decision from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to produce the first cannabis-derived treatment to win approval as legal medicine. The decision on […]

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