Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

California bans drug felons in hemp production to comply with federal rules

California instituted a 10-year ban on drug felons growing hemp, a move state authorities say is required by the federal law that legalized the crop. The ban, issued by California’s Department of Food and Agriculture, makes people convicted of drug felonies ineligible to receive state hemp-cultivation licenses for a decade. The emergency rule was issued along […]

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President Trump requests additional funds to regulate CBD, hemp

Hemp and CBD would get new attention by federal agencies under a 2021 budget plan released this week by President Donald Trump. Trump’s proposal asks for an additional $5 million next fiscal year for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate cannabis and its derivatives, including CBD. The president also asked for more money […]

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Brain specialist, plant researcher tapped to lead California cannabis institute

California’s flagship agriculture school has tapped a schizophrenia researcher and a plant expert to lead its new center to study hemp and marijuana. The University of California, Davis, appointed professors Cameron Carter and Li Tian as co-directors of its Cannabis & Hemp Research Center. Created last year, the research center is charged with: Increasing academic collaboration […]

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Hemp farmers should act fast to sign up for new USDA crop insurance options

Federal agriculture officials have introduced two crop insurance programs for hemp, both designed to protect farmers growing the new commodity from damage during natural disasters. But the programs have tight deadlines and limitations on who is eligible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly available Multi-Peril Crop Insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program both provide […]

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CBD processor acquires California brand, plans to expand footprint

Maine CBD processor Sun Kissed Industries has acquired a California company that makes CBD products sold in 20 states. Terms of Sun Kissed’s acquisition of Hakuna Supply on Thursday were not disclosed. Carl Grant, CEO of Portland, Maine-based Sun Kissed, said in a statement that the acquisition will “thrust Sun Kissed onto the global CBD […]

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South Dakota hemp bill advances with governor’s support

A South Dakota legislative committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to allow industrial hemp production in the state. The proposal, which passed in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee, would legalize and regulate the growth, processing and transportation of hemp in the state. Passage would leave Idaho and Mississippi as the only states […]

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EcoGen plans to use $40 million private placement for consolidation

Colorado hemp grower and CBD manufacturer EcoGen Laboratories raised $40 million in a private placement, saying it will use the funds to consolidate operations and start producing white-label CBD products in a former steel plant in western Colorado. The company said it plans to consolidate operations and extraction in a new headquarters in Grand Junction, […]

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Nevada hemp company seeks right to grow on city-owned land

Nevada’s capital city is facing a lawsuit from a hemp cultivator blocked from growing the crop on about 100 acres of city-owned property. Tahoe Hemp filed suit against Carson City last month, saying the municipality acted in bad faith when it blocked the company from growing hemp on 100 acres. Carson City officials said some […]

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Oregon wholesale marijuana flower prices rise after growers exit market, some pivot to hemp

Oregon marijuana growers report wholesale flower prices are improving, which is welcome news for recreational cannabis cultivators in one of the country’s previously most oversupplied MJ markets. The changed business climate is even leading some growers to expand facilities and ramp up production. Marijuana growers in the state report wholesale flower prices per pound are […]

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