Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

Pennsylvania lifts hemp production, license caps, citing Farm Bill and federal shutdown

Pennsylvania’s planned hemp expansion has turned into a surprise lift on hemp production caps, thanks to the recent Farm Bill and ongoing federal shutdown. Russell Redding, Pennsylvania’s agriculture secretary, said the Keystone State is removing requirements that hemp be grown for research purposes, The (Allentown) Morning Call reported. Pennsylvania will also remove 100-acre growing caps […]

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Uruguay continues Latin American cannabis leadership with hemp industry

Uruguay, often recognized as the pioneer in legalized recreational marijuana, is also building a solid foundation to support its hemp industry. “Uruguay is an agricultural country with a clear regulatory framework that offers attractive conditions for large-scale outdoor cultivation (of hemp),” said Maria Belen Algorta, who oversees Uruguay operations for Australia-based Ecofibre. “As far as […]

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FDA Crystal Ball: 5 expert tips on CBD in the newly legal hemp industry

Nationwide legalization brought elation to the hemp industry, but it also brought anxiety as CBD manufacturers and retailers await guidance from federal health regulators on how the extract can be incorporated into foods, drugs and cosmetics. CBD is – by far – the largest component of the U.S. hemp industry, so the concern is widespread. […]

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Colorado hemp farmers can tap into state grant to hire interns

With the industry’s new federally legal status, hemp farmers have increased access to workforce-development grants that have long been available to other industries. Colorado has opened up roughly $40,000 for farmers to hire interns for at least 130 hours of work between now and June. All farmers can apply, including those licensed to grow hemp. Colorado […]

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‘Everybody’s wanting seed’: Hempseed market heats up after Farm Bill passage

CBD-rich hempseed is legal now, but it’s also rare, giving plant breeders a huge new market as barriers to national hempseed distribution are removed. The 2018 Farm Bill guarantees interstate commerce for all hemp products, removing requirements that viable hempseeds require approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. But the law leaves in place requirements […]

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GenCanna’s 4th Kentucky hemp facility gets boost from tax incentives

Kentucky hemp grower and CBD manufacturer GenCanna Global is building a fourth factory in Kentucky, a $40 million facility the company received hefty public support for. GenCanna received “several million dollars” in state and local tax incentives to build the factory in Mayfield, in western Kentucky, President Steve Bevan told Hemp Industry Daily. The plant will […]

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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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