Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

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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South Carolina legalizes hemp cultivation and sales

South Carolina became the latest state to legalize industrial hemp cultivation and sales after the governor signed legislation establishing a pilot program.

The bill, signed into law last week, creates a program that will award 20 licenses permitting growers to grow, harvest and sell hemp, The State reported. Each grower may cultivate hemp on up to 20 acres of land, according to the newspaper. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will manage the program.

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Two Florida universities get initial OK to grow hemp for research

A pair of universities in Florida would be allowed to grow and cultivate industrial hemp under a bill passed by state lawmakers. Once the governor signs Senate Bill 1726, the University of Florida and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University will be authorized to enter a pilot project to research the commercial prospects for hemp in rural […]

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Hemp cultivation in Minnesota sees major growth spurt

Minnesota’s hemp crop has grown exponentially and the number of farmers cultivating the crop has increased sixfold as the state’s pilot program enters its second year. This year, 42 farmers are growing hemp on roughly 2,100 acres, Minnesota’s Alpha News reported. That’s a huge increase from 2016, when Minnesota’s hemp cultivation program launched with seven farmers […]

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Thailand approves hemp cultivation

The cabinet of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly has approved a proposal to permit hemp cultivation in six provinces in the country’s northern region as part of a project to explore the use of plants for medical purposes. Officials with the Office of the Narcotics Control Board announced Tuesday said the proposal will be implemented in 2017 […]

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Colorado hemp industry moves ahead after seed certification

Colorado’s hemp industry took a major step forward this week when the state’s Department of Agriculture announced that three industrial hempseed varieties passed a statewide trial that confirmed the resulting plants contain THC levels under 0.3%. Being under the 0.3% threshold is important because plants with higher THC levels cannot be certified as hemp under […]

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Kentucky hemp program taking cultivation applications

Want to grow hemp? Kentucky might be a solid bet – especially because it’s among the nation’s largest hemp crops, one that is expanding. The state’s Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from anyone interested in participating in the 2017 hemp-growing pilot program, which will likely result in thousands of acres being planted, if […]

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