Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

South Carolina hemp interest booms after slow start

After a slow start getting applications for its first modern hemp crop, South Carolina saw a crush of last-minute applicants. More than 120 farmers in South Carolina have signed up for just 20 licenses to grow hemp next year, The State newspaper reported. The intense demand came as a surprise after a slow start to applications, […]

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Wisconsin lawmakers to vote on hemp farming bill this week

A Wisconsin legislative committee is set to vote on a bill this week that would allow farmers in the state to grow hemp and join surrounding states with hemp laws. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism is scheduled to vote on the measure Wednesday morning. The bill calls for the state Department […]

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Virginia official signals state plans to boost hemp program

Virginia is looking to boost its small hemp program next year to compete with larger producers of the plant such as North Carolina and Kentucky. Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Basil I. Gooden wrote in an op-ed in The Roanoke Times that hemp’s potential in Virginia is “tremendous,” and he indicated that changes are coming to help Virginia […]

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Hemp State Highlight: North Carolina puts out big welcome mat for hemp industry

By Kristen Nichols

Dozens of states are slowly experimenting with industrial hemp cultivation and processing, authorizing limited tests through land-grant universities. Not North Carolina.

North Carolina has gone all in on hemp, which state officials see as a natural fit for an economy once dominated by tobacco farming and textile manufacturing.

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South Carolina extends deadline for prospective hemp growers

Prospective hemp farmers in South Carolina have an extra week to apply to grow the crop next year in the wake of Hurricane Irma. State regulators extended the deadline to Sept. 22 because of the flooding caused by Irma. Even before the hurricane, however, South Carolina farmers were showing light interest in growing hemp. The […]

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Minnesota tribe entering the hemp business

At least one Native American tribe – on the White Earth reservation in northwestern Minnesota – has decided to take a leap and get into the hemp business. The tribe has spent $100,000 on just a few acres of the crop, according to Minnesota Public Radio, but is hoping the return on its investment will […]

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Virginia colleges researching uses for industrial hemp

Three universities in Virginia are conducting research on industrial hemp after the state legalized cultivation of the crop for research purposes. Virginia Tech, James Madison University and Virginia State University are researching different uses for the crop, which is the same species of cannabis plant as marijuana but doesn’t possess the psychoactive properties, the Roanoke […]

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Utah moves to approve growing industrial hemp for research

A Utah agricultural board has given preliminary approval to a change in government rules that would allow farmers in the state to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. Under the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture’s proposed rule, farmers would be allowed to grow hemp that contains less than 0.03% THC, according to Salt Lake […]

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West Virginia taking applications for hemp cultivation

Farmers in West Virginia can now apply to cultivate industrial hemp for commercial purposes, making the Mountain State the latest to show an interest in growing the plant. The agriculture commissioner began accepting applications from would-be hemp farmers on Tuesday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Successful applicants would join members of the West Virginia Farmers Association who hold […]

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South Carolina prepares to launch nation’s latest hemp program

By Margaret Jackson South Carolina is gearing up to become the latest state to allow hemp cultivation, a move that’s expected to create opportunities for farmers, makers of hemp-based products and ancillary companies offering goods and services to those growing and processing the plant.

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New Colorado law allows hemp farmers to use federal water

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that will allow hemp farmers in the state to use water from federal reservoirs. The measure, Senate Bill 117, asserts that Colorado hemp farmers be permitted to use federal reservoir water if they’re registered with the state to grow hemp, even though the crop remains illegal […]

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