Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

Montana, North Dakota keeping old rules for 2020 hemp production season

Two more top hemp states have decided to operate their 2020 hemp production programs under the rules of the 2014 Farm Bill. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the public comment period last week on its interim final rule for hemp production, regulators in Montana and North Dakota said they will keep their current rules. Montana, […]

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As USDA comments close, 30 states face law changes, group warns

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) closes an extended public-comment period on its national hemp regulations Wednesday, the agency’s state-level counterparts are warning that the young industry will be harmed if changes aren’t made. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture wrote in an open letter that the interim final rule released by […]

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Delaware, Nebraska, Texas win USDA hemp approval

Delaware, Nebraska and Texas are the latest states to win federal approval for their plans to regulate hemp in 2020. Four American Indian tribes also were greenlighted Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The states join Louisiana, Ohio and New Jersey with federal permission to take the lead in overseeing hemp in 2020. […]

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‘Baffling’ smokable hemp ban in Indiana moves to federal appeals court

Indiana is making a “baffling” argument against smokable hemp as it tries to revive a ban ruled unconstitutional, a group of hemp wholesalers and retailers told a federal appeals court that’s been asked to intervene in the case. The Midwest Hemp Council and seven Indiana hemp wholesalers are challenging the state’s attempt to revive a smokable hemp […]

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Maryland, Vermont extend pilot programs for 2020 season

Two more states have opted to operate their 2020 hemp production seasons under the 2014 pilot program, bringing to nine the total markets that will keep the existing rules in play for another year. Maryland and Vermont will extend the pilot program under the rules of the 2014 Farm Bill, according to the U.S. Department […]

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Arizona climate blamed for ‘off the charts’ THC failure in first hemp crops

Arizona producers might have geography to blame for joining hemp farmers across the country who have had to destroy their 2019 crops after the plants tested positive for elevated levels of THC. About 41% of the state’s hemp plants tested above the 0.3% legal THC limit, according to the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Plant Services Division, […]

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Kentucky will operate 2020 hemp program under existing rules

Kentucky plans to extend the state’s hemp pilot program for the 2020 growing season, effectively withdrawing its application to get federal approval for its regulations to grow the plant. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Tuesday the state will use this year to transition the hemp program from pilot research to commercial production while continuing discussions […]

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Here’s why states are keeping their pilot hemp programs through 2020

Timing, testing and the lack of in-state access to drug-registered laboratories were among the reasons state agriculture officials in six states said their hemp programs will be run under the 2014 pilot research program this year instead of submitting a 2020 hemp production plan under the new proposed federal rules. “We looked at all the […]

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Despite submitting plan to USDA, Georgia budget crunch could stifle hemp goals

Georgia has authorized hemp farming and submitted its 2020 production plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). But to run a program, the state will first need funding. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is asking state lawmakers for $1.6 million – $800,000 per year over the next two years – to create a state […]

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