Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

States get busy on hemp as USDA delays national hemp rules until 2020

Energized by the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and places federal regulatory authority with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), states have been readying their hemp cultivation regulatory plans for approval. But those next steps were put on hold on this week when the USDA confirmed it will not […]

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California hemp company sponsored to help research high-CBD cultivars

A California hempseed company and a traditional agriculture biotech firm have been tapped to breed improved industrial hemp cultivars for California. California Hemp Corp., based in Oakdale, and Benson Hill Biosystems, a Missouri crop-improvement company, have partnered in a sponsored research agreement with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) to breed improved industrial hemp cultivars, […]

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Arizona hemp farmers get green light to plant in June

Hemp farmers in Arizona can now begin planting two months earlier than originally planned, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey. State Sen. Sonny Borrelli of Lake Havasu City sponsored the bill, which could permit farmers to plant as early as June rather than waiting for August, as set by another bill […]

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What is CBD skin care worth? Industry executives talk market opportunities as retailers buy in

As companies prepare for legal changes to the hemp industry after the plant’s federal reclassification, a sleeping giant in the CBD sector is beginning to step into its full financial potential: skin-care products. The $18 billion U.S. skin-care industry is seeing a flood of CBD entrants, including large retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Barneys. The skin-care scramble makes […]

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FSD Pharma reveals hemp purchase agreement after Auxly deal collapses

Ontario-based FSD Pharma has agreed to buy 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of hemp on a contractual basis from a farmer in the province for CBD extraction at the company’s Cobourg facility. The move comes after the breakdown last week of an agreement between FSD and marijuana company Auxly for the purchase of 49.9% of the […]

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Tobacco money tapped to fuel new hemp testing facility in Virginia

Virginia will spend nearly $400,000 to develop a testing facility for agricultural products – including hemp – with funds coming from a state agency set up to revitalize tobacco-growing areas in the state. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission awarded the money to buy a high-end Waters UPLC mass spectrometer for the Institute for Advanced […]

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Farm Bill boost: Kentucky hemp acreage more than doubles for 2019

Kentucky’s hemp acreage could more than double in 2019, with state agriculture officials attributing increased registrations to the new Farm Bill. The state says it has licensed more than 42,000 acres for 2019 hemp production, up 163% from 2018, when Kentucky licensed 16,000 acres. Only 6,700 acres were planted for hemp last year, the state […]

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Pennsylvania lifts hemp production, license caps, citing Farm Bill and federal shutdown

Pennsylvania’s planned hemp expansion has turned into a surprise lift on hemp production caps, thanks to the recent Farm Bill and ongoing federal shutdown. Russell Redding, Pennsylvania’s agriculture secretary, said the Keystone State is removing requirements that hemp be grown for research purposes, The (Allentown) Morning Call reported. Pennsylvania will also remove 100-acre growing caps […]

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Uruguay continues Latin American cannabis leadership with hemp industry

Uruguay, often recognized as the pioneer in legalized recreational marijuana, is also building a solid foundation to support its hemp industry. “Uruguay is an agricultural country with a clear regulatory framework that offers attractive conditions for large-scale outdoor cultivation (of hemp),” said Maria Belen Algorta, who oversees Uruguay operations for Australia-based Ecofibre. “As far as […]

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FDA Crystal Ball: 5 expert tips on CBD in the newly legal hemp industry

Nationwide legalization brought elation to the hemp industry, but it also brought anxiety as CBD manufacturers and retailers await guidance from federal health regulators on how the extract can be incorporated into foods, drugs and cosmetics. CBD is – by far – the largest component of the U.S. hemp industry, so the concern is widespread. […]

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