Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

‘They just suffocated the farmers’: Proposed THC testing for hemp sparks industry backlash

Farmers and ancillary hemp businesses are not happy with the THC testing standards outlined within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim federal rules for hemp production. The rules require that hemp crops not exceed 0.3% total THC, which is derived from the sum of delta-9 THC and THCA content, on a dry weight basis. Crops […]

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Lawsuits, delays and an explosion: Troubles mount for Kentucky hemp pioneer GenCanna

A Kentucky hemp company that helped pioneer large-scale CBD production methods and takes some credit for getting the hemp plant legalized is now facing a cascade of business challenges. First, delays piled up at GenCanna’s rural Kentucky processing facility that the company envisions making a processing hub for several Midwestern states. Then, farmers in GenCanna’s […]

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USDA suggests farmers pay hemp-promotions fee, offers no more details on rule changes

The agency setting baseline national minimums for hemp production says growers should tax themselves to promote the new crop. A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Heather Pichelman, said Monday in the agency’s first address to hemp growers since releasing national regulations that the industry “has clearly shown interest” in paying fees […]

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Fire at Pennsylvania drying shed prompts storage warning

Farmers drying hemp should treat their crops like hay and watch for overheating. That’s the warning in the wake of a Pennsylvania fire this week in a shed that had been converted to a hemp dryer in Lancaster County. The blaze cost farmer Alvin Esh about $5,000 to $6,000 worth of hemp, he told The Lancaster […]

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North Carolina lawmakers settle on 2020 for ban on smokable hemp

North Carolina officials have agreed to ban smokable hemp production starting next summer. House and Senate negotiators finished work late Monday on a bill that includes the ban. The measure now awaits a final procedural vote before heading to the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has not said whether he supports or opposes the […]

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USDA grants nearly $1 million for organic hemp production research

Plant scientists at Purdue University have been selected to study organic production of hemp, a concern for most producers considering a lack of crop protection resources labeled for hemp production. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted nearly $1 million for researchers to: Develop organic practices for hemp production. Assess the integration of hemp […]

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Louisiana ag commissioner forecasts 80,000 acres of hemp grows in 2020

Louisiana farmers could grow hemp on up to 80,000 acres in 2020, up from zero this year, the state’s top agriculture chief said. But the growth, he noted, relies on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finishing work on new rules for production. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain briefed state lawmakers Wednesday about hemp prospects […]

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