Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

MI creates emergency hemp testing rules while states await USDA direction

Michigan regulators have adopted rules that create testing standards for farmers’ first crop of industrial hemp. A pilot program was launched this year allowing for the growing and processing of hemp in the state. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced emergency rules that establish sampling and analytical testing methods for measuring […]

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Chinese tariffs having minimal effects on US hemp industry, experts say

Most American farmers are in full-fledged panic mode after companies in China suspended their use of U.S. agricultural products in response to tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Chinese goods. But the nascent U.S. hemp industry shouldn’t worry, economists and trade experts told Hemp Industry Daily. A $5.9 billion market, China is one of […]

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Oregon hemp farm partners suing former associate for alleged theft

Business partners involved with an Oregon hemp farm are taking a former partner to court over allegations he stole from the farm to make and sell CBD oil worth more than $500,000. Bakers Ranch Botanicals in Deschutes County, Oregon, filed a lawsuit seeking $950,000 in damages against Michael Schook and corporate entities affiliated with Schook […]

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Nebraska farm equipment dealer sues state over hemp license rejection

A Nebraska farm equipment manufacturer and dealer who was denied a license to grow hemp in 2019 is suing the state Department of Agriculture and its director. Jacob Bish, head of public relations at Giltner-based Bish Enterprises and Hemp Harvest Works, was one of 176 applicants seeking to grow hemp this year, the first of […]

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US hempseed supply to be stored in New York repository

Work has begun on creating the nation’s only hempseed bank in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository will be established at Cornell University’s agricultural research facility in Geneva. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York announced the launch of the new facility, saying he worked to secure $500,000 in […]

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Hemp for animal feed: Economic potential waits out legal maneuvering

Given hemp’s new legal status, many farmers and livestock producers want to explore cannabis for animal feed and the research that suggests its nutritional and developmental benefits. But they’re facing market and legal uncertainties that are familiar to those making hemp products for people. A 2017 Colorado study cited “a lack of domestic economic data” […]

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Hemp commodity exchanges scramble to offer vetted trading platforms

It’s August, and though national hemp production rules have yet to be released, the industry continues to develop new business options to fill the void for trade within the space. One new offering says it can give the entire hemp supply chain a way to verify advertised industrial products. PanXchange’s trading platform, which launched Thursday, said […]

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California marijuana company teams with water developer for desert hemp venture

A Southern California marijuana company is teaming with a rural water projects developer to start growing hemp in the Mojave Desert. Glass House Farms of Carpinteria, California, said it created a joint venture with water developer Cadiz Inc. to grow 60 acres of hemp starting next month in the town of Cadiz in rural San Bernardino […]

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Canopy breaks ground on hemp industrial park in New York

One of the largest cannabis companies in the world made a significant move into the U.S. hemp industry Monday by breaking ground on a new industrial park for hemp processing in New York. Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth Corp., based in Smiths Falls, Ontario, unveiled plans for a $150 million hemp industrial park in Kirkwood […]

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Michigan hemp farmers worry privacy law could hurt business

Some in Michigan’s fledgling hemp industry are concerned that a state privacy law preventing agriculture officials from disclosing hemp farmers’ identities and locations could negatively affect their businesses. As a stipulation under the 2018 Farm Bill, applicants who seek to produce and process hemp must give their GPS coordinates. But the Michigan attorney general’s office […]

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