Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

New Mexico finalizes hemp rules in time for 2019 crop

New Mexico authorities have finalized hemp rules in time for farmers to produce the state’s first legal harvest in 2019. The regulations proposed by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture were approved late last week. New Mexico will set different hemp fees for outdoor grows versus indoor or greenhouse grows. Prospective hemp producers will have […]

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Wisconsin extends deadline for applications to grow hemp

Wisconsin state regulators are giving prospective hemp farmers another two months to apply for licenses for the 2019 growing season. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced that it’s extending the deadline for new license applications and existing registration renewals from Dec. 31 to March 1. Brian Kuhn, director of DATCP’s Bureau […]

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New Zealand legalizes hempseed as food, issues guidelines

A regulatory change in New Zealand has opened the doors to hemp as food in the island nation. “Hempseeds are safe to eat and nutritious,” Bryan Wilson, head of New Zealand Food Safety, said in the announcement about the changes that now allow the sale of hempseed foods. The new guidance is being embraced by hemp […]

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Oregon hempseed dispute leads to $21 million lawsuit

A batch of hempseeds in Oregon billed as CBD-rich females that turned out to be neither feminized nor high in the cannabinoid has led to a $21.2 million lawsuit. That’s how much six people say they lost after the seeds resulted in inferior plants, leading to the lawsuit against three seed dealers in a southern Oregon […]

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Colorado cannabis biotech snags $10 million for expansion

A Colorado-based cannabis biotech firm announced Thursday that it has secured $10 million in private funding to accelerate production in California and Canada. Front Range Biosciences of Lafayette said it plans to invest some of the money in investigating new strains of cannabis. The company uses tissue-culture technology to make “plantlets” for both hemp and […]

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North Carolina hemp firm seeks tax breaks from CBD extraction facility plans

A North Carolina hemp producer’s renovation of a former factory for CBD extraction sets it up for roughly $238,500 in tax incentives over the next four years. City of Wilson officials are lauding Criticality’s retrofitting for CBD production as an innovative new use for the building, The Wilson Times reported. The tax incentive package will be […]

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Federal judge shuts down West Virginia hemp farm over seed allegation

A federal judge has ordered a West Virginia hemp farm to shut down over allegations that the operation illegally imported seeds from Kentucky. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart argued that Grassy Run and its affiliated company CAMO Hemp WV received about 5,000 pounds of hempseeds from neighboring Kentucky instead of getting a license for them from the […]

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Capitalizing on CBD: How hemp businesses are shaping the market and winning new customers

Dr. Priyanka Sharma had a thriving global business in chemical pharmaceuticals, traveling the world setting up factories extracting fish oil for nutritional supplements.

But Sharma and her husband, Pulak, left their home outside Chicago and moved to Colorado for the same three letters that have cannabis entrepreneurs, pharmaceutical companies and even mainstream grocers seeing dollar signs: CBD.

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Oregon marijuana growers eye opportunities in hemp

As Oregon cannabis prices continue to sink to new lows amid a product glut, outdoor marijuana growers are turning their sights to MJ’s cousin: hemp.

The pivot allows growers to diversify their revenue stream and capitalize on a crop that could soon become legal at the federal level – thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill pending before Congress.

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