Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

USDA to spend $500,000 researching hemp cross-pollination

Researchers from Virginia Tech have been tapped to predict the trajectory of wind-dispersed hemp pollen, a major concern for outdoor growers of marijuana and flower varieties of hemp. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has devoted $500,000 to look at the path of hemp and switchgrass pollens. The goal is to predict how and where pollen […]

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CBD producer sues Oregon hempseed company for $44 million over ruined crop

A Kentucky-based CBD company filed a $44 million lawsuit against an Oregon hempseed company, claiming the hempseeds it supplied were bogus and contributed to ruining the company’s 2019 crop. Lexington-based Elemental Processing estimated it lost at least $44 million in profits after HP Farms of Troutdale, Oregon, allegedly supplied it with more than 6 million […]

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CBD manufacturers seek market edge touting absence of common weedkiller

A weedkiller so common in global agriculture that it turns up in rainwater and animal tissue is giving some CBD producers a strategy to stand out in a crowded market – by advertising their CBD doesn’t contain it. Several CBD producers, including RE Botanicals and Bluebird Botanicals, are rolling out product labels promoting the absence of […]

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Farming groups urge speedy pesticide approval for hemp

National hemp and farming associations are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hurry up and decide pesticide applications for hemp production. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Industrial Hemp Council asked the EPA to promptly approve the 10 applications to add hemp to the labels of currently registered pesticide products. The groups also […]

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Hemp processing bottleneck could mean losses for farmers, setback for industry

The hemp industry is lacking the processing infrastructure it needs to turn raw hemp plants into extracts and other products, a bottleneck that could cost farmers and hopeful hemp businesses millions this year. California-based extraction machine manufacturer Delta Separations estimates the industry could see $7.5 billion worth of hemp rot in the fields because of […]

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Members of Congress question viability of crop insurance for hemp

Congressional agriculture leaders from both parties are asking whether crop insurance for hemp will be workable. The crop insurance challenge came up Thursday in the House Agriculture Committee, where Democratic Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota expressed doubts that hemp could be insured in the near future, given how little is known about producing it at commercial […]

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