Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

Maine nudges USDA on hemp rules, says states ‘unfairly restricted’ without them

The governor of Maine is joining hemp producers in pushing for federal agriculture authorities to release 2020 production rules. Gov. Janet Mills wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week, saying that federal inaction on hemp is leaving states “unfairly restricted” in the new industry. Hemp businesses, she said, are “receiving notices of […]

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Indiana hemp processor expanding operations to meet demand

A hemp processor based in central Indiana plans to build a $50 million facility in Westfield, bringing 100 new jobs to the area. BDX-Indiana, a CBD extraction company, operates a 63,000-square-foot facility in Indianapolis. The first phase of construction of the facility, which received a city tax abatement last month, will begin in December. The […]

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Border seizures of hemp continue despite legalization, lawsuit, importer says

This story has been updated with a section discussing new import/export rules on live hemp plants. A California CBD manufacturer challenging the hemp policies of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says hemp seizures are still taking place despite nationwide legalization and a federal judge’s assurance that border seizures of legal hemp are a thing […]

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Hemp Harvest 2019: Six ways farmers may still profit this season

Farmers across the United States who produced hemp this year are using any means necessary to sell crops that are either still waiting in their fields to be harvested or drying postharvest. From posting hemp for sale on LinkedIn to working with brokers, farmers this season are looking for strategies to profit from hemp even […]

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NC awards economic development grant to new hemp processing plant

North Carolina is giving a hemp processor $100,000 to set up a new facility. Carolina Botanicals, a commercial processor of hemp biomass, will invest $3.46 million in its new processing plant in Tabor City, in Southeastern North Carolina. The plant is projected to create 30 jobs. The $100,000 grant comes from the One North Carolina […]

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California updates industrial hemp law to comply with 2018 Farm Bill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to bring the state’s hemp laws into compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill. The measure, which was signed Saturday and will take effect Jan. 1, updates the state’s definition of industrial hemp and terminology to match the federal language. It also requires the California Department of Food and Agriculture […]

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University looking for hemp industry guidance to identify research priorities

Michigan State University is looking to the hemp industry to provide guidance on research and outreach needs. University researchers are asking growers who are currently producing or plan to produce hemp for biomass, fiber, grain or CBD to participate in an industrial hemp survey. The survey asks growers to prioritize areas where they could use […]

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5 vying for Hemp Game Changer nod at first MJBizDaily Awards

Cultivator of the Year. Regional Game Changer. Community Impact. These are just some of the categories for which the editorial team of Marijuana Business Daily vetted more than 670 entries for the inaugural MJBizDaily Awards. With the list of nominees having been culled to 55 finalists, a panel of cannabis industry professionals is hard at […]

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Canopy, US hemp grower head to court over dismal crop, missed payments

Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth and a Nevada-based hemp producer are suing each other in rival federal cases over a bad crop and allegations of missed payments and misspent advances. The cases center on Go Farm Hemp, a Henderson, Nevada-headquartered company that entered contracts to grow hemp in 2019 for Canopy Growth in Colorado, Kentucky, […]

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Kentucky hemp processing plant held up by contractors’ liens

A Kentucky hemp producer and manufacturer says a new manufacturing facility is on track despite financing snags that have held up construction. Winchester-based GenCanna Global is building a new processing facility in Mayfield, a town of about 10,000 people in Western Kentucky. Building contractors have reportedly filed 19 liens on the property, saying GenCanna owed them more […]

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