Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

Hemp industry facing barriers to commercialization

By Omar Sacirbey It’s been more than two years since President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing the limited cultivation of hemp, but the fledgling industry remains a long way from becoming a thriving business. Observers say commercialization of this potentially lucrative plant remains limited for legal, financial and technological reasons.

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Group Asks DEA to Make It Easier to Grow Hemp

A group of entrepreneurs, a former United States Attorney, farmers, state legislators, scientists, and environmentalists have petitioned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to change its definition of marijuana to make it easier to grow a wider variety of industrial hemp plants. The current DEA definition of marijuana is too broad, and wrongly includes hemp, said Andy Kerr, […]

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Hemp farming escalating in KY, downsizing in TN

While hemp production is rapidly expanding in Kentucky, the number of farmers sowing the crop is being cut in half in neighboring Tennessee. In Kentucky, according to the Commonwealth Journal, the state has authorized 4,500 acres to be cultivated with industrial hemp in 2016, up from roughly 900 acres that were planted last year. Kentucky […]

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Washington Governor Vetoes Hemp Farming Bill

Upset over not receiving a state budget from lawmakers, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee last week vetoed a raft of 27 bills that had been sent to his desk, including a bipartisan measure in support of hemp farming. The bill, which sailed through the legislature with just a single dissenting vote in the Senate, would […]

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Hemp Cultivation Programs Get Green Light in MN, WA

Two states have gotten the green light to move forward with limited industrial hemp programs, which could pave the way for future businesses opportunities. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued Minnesota a permit to start a hemp pilot program approved by the state legislature in 2015, according to MPR News. Officials with the state’s agriculture […]

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Kentucky Entrepreneur Vows to Buy All the State’s Hemp

Grow it and he will buy it. John Roulac, the founder and CEO of a major hemp foods company, Nutiva, said he plans to buy all the organic hemp that Kentucky can produce, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. But labeling hemp as organic has been a controversial issue in recent weeks, as the U.S. Department […]

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Colorado Hemp Farm Granted ‘Organic’ Label by USDA

A hemp farm in Colorado has broken the organic glass ceiling. That is, it’s the nation’s first hemp producer to get the formal blessing of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to label its crop “organic,” a prized marketing tool that is often used lightly in the cannabis industry. CBDRx, a hemp grower in northern Colorado, […]

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Oregon Hemp Farmers Pivot to Medical Use

Hemp farmers in Oregon are getting more interested in the potential medical uses of their crops instead of the traditional industrial ones. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is poised to begin reissuing licenses for hemp growers in the state next month. As potential licensees begin to line up for permits, the discussion over what use that […]

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State in India legalizes hemp cultivation

In yet another sign that cannabis-related business opportunities are cropping up across the world, the state of Uttarakhand in northern India has announced that it will allow local farmers to begin growing hemp. The caveat: they can only sell it to the government for industrial purposes. The farmers also must regulate their hemp so the THC […]

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North Carolina Now Permits Industrial Hemp

North Carolina farmers gained the right this week to grow industrial hemp when Gov. Pat McCrory declined to veto Senate Bill 313, which legalized the plant’s industrial cultivation. McCrory, who had until midnight on Oct. 31 to veto the bill, also signed a law in July permitting doctors to offer CBD oil for patients with epilepsy. […]

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North Dakota Looking for Hemp Farmers

North Dakota farmers now have a new alternative if they’re tired of growing traditional crops. The state’s agricultural department is looking for volunteers to start growing industrial hemp under a pilot program, according to AG Week. Participants will only be permitted to grow hemp for “agricultural or academic research,” and not for profit. But they could get the […]

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Tribe Targeted By Feds Says it Was Growing Hemp

A Native American tribe operating a cultivation site in Wisconsin that Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided last week insists it was growing industrial hemp, not marijuana. Agents raided the Menominee Indian reservation and seized 30,000 plants, asserting that the tribe was growing marijuana with the help of professionals from Colorado. The raid was bolstered by a search warrant […]

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