Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

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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22 Companies Investing in Kentucky Hemp Industry

Kentucky may just get the industrial revolution it was hoping for from hemp. So far, the state has seen 22 companies throw money into industrial hemp cultivation and processing, fueling hopes that the plant will rejuvenate Kentucky’s lagging agricultural economy. One company, GenCanna, has even pumped $5 million into a 100-acre grow site for industrial hemp and is hoping […]

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Mixed Results for Hemp Farmers in Tennessee

With more than a dozen states establishing some sort of commercial industrial hemp program, scores of entrepreneurs – and traditional farmers – are exploring ways to get involved in the budding industry. However, there is no guarantee that growing hemp will be a money-making endeavor. In Tennessee, for example, farmers participating in a pilot hemp-growing […]

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Moratorium on Hemp Cultivation Licenses in Oregon

Oregon won’t issue any new licenses to grow hemp until March of next year at the earliest, the state’s agriculture department announced this week. The agency also notified the 11 hemp growers with licenses that they won’t be allowed to expand their grow operations or add new farms to their existing permits, according to the […]

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Tennessee Inspecting Hemp Farms

Tennessee regulators are working their way through the state’s 53 hemp farms, checking on sizes, acreage and other aspects of the sites to ensure that all cultivators are staying within the rules.

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Hemp Cultivation to Continue in Oregon

Oregon hemp growers can continue cultivating after the state Senate shot down a bill that would’ve put a two-year moratorium on production. The bill – which breezed through the House earlier this week on a 53-6 vote – had wide support among marijuana growers concerned about the potential for cross-pollination. Hemp advocates, however, said the […]

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Industrial Hemp Production Can Begin in Maine

Farmers in Maine can start planting hemp immediately under emergency legislation that goes into effect immediately. The measure allows growers to legally purchase seed from certified sources and cultivate hemp for commercial purposes, according to the Bangor Daily News. The state’s agriculture department will set fees for cultivation licenses, which the law says must be […]

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Industrial Hemp Stalls in Indiana

Although industrial hemp production was legalized in the staunchly red state of Indiana last year, no fields have yet been planted. That’s because would-be hemp companies have been waiting for months on both federal approval of the program as well as seeds to sow. As a consequence, the state is lagging far behind its neighbor […]

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Hemp Advocate Rand Paul Announces Candidacy for President

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has announced his candidacy for president, giving hemp growers an ally in the fight for the White House. Paul has voiced his opinion that hemp growth should be legalized in Kentucky because it’s a state’s-rights issue and a matter of economic development. He was a co-sponsor of a January bill […]

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