Farmers are so bullish on hemp that growers from Wisconsin to Florida are making big investments even before federal agricultural regulators write the rules for how the plant can be grown and sold. The hemp boom conceals a nagging problem for hemp farmers and manufacturers alike – there is precious little information about how to […]Read More
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 […]Read More
The breeding of hemp varieties is ramping up among plant breeders and at hemp farms with established research-and-development departments.Read More
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.Read More
When the 2018 Farm Bill passed in December, it opened up myriad new opportunities for hemp professionals, including better access to genetics.
But supply bottlenecks at the state level are sticking many farmers with varieties that have been certified within their state.Read More
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.Read More
Hemp planting season is here, and record numbers of farmers are excited to get started with a promising new crop.
But as some states are pushing to wrap up legislation to pass hemp cultivation laws in time for farmers to participate in the 2019 season, a big question is resonating across the market: Are there enough feminized hempseeds and clones to go around?Read More
An American Indian tribe in South Dakota has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for failing to approve its plan for hemp regulation on tribal lands. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe claims that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue violated the 2018 Farm Bill when he did not approve the tribe’s plan within […]Read More
A Chinese sweetener company is moving into the hemp-derived CBD sector with plans to invest $60 million in a hemp processing facility in the Midwest. Layn Corp., based in the Guangxi province of China and best known for its stevia and monk fruit ingredients, plans to extract CBD from hemp, according to Food Navigator-USA. Layn […]Read More
One of the largest greenhouse operations in the United States is leaving ornamental bedding plant production behind and instead placing its chips on the burgeoning Kentucky hemp industry. ColorPoint, a Paris, Kentucky-based greenhouse operation owned by the industry-leading VanWingerden dynasty, said this week it is selling its 3.6-million-square-foot Granville, Illinois, facility to Red White & […]Read More
Hemp farmers often look for strategic partnerships with other farmers and landowners to boost their production capabilities – but if care isn’t taken in picking the right partners and creating solid contracts, those relationships can go awry.Read More
The nation’s largest agricultural state continues to perplex would-be hemp farmers and businesses as nearly half of California’s 58 counties maintain moratoriums on hemp production and others block licenses.Read More
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