Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

North Carolina agriculture chief blasts DEA over hemp confusion

North Carolina’s top hemp regulator is sick of interference from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a speech at the Southern Farm Show in Raleigh last week that the federal drug agency is not supposed to use any resources to intervene in the growing and processing of hemp, Southeast FarmPress […]

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Hemp State Highlight: Kentucky invests in hemp but wonders if peak has passed

Kentucky checks all the boxes for nourishing a hemp revival.

Climate suited to the plant? Check. Friendly regulations from a state willing to experiment and invest in hemp? Check.
Lots of cheap land and a processing infrastructure that includes in-state decortication and CBD extractors? Check and check.
So why do some agronomists fear that Kentucky has reached its hemp zenith?

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Washington state’s fledgling hemp program gets lifeline from legislators

Budget writers in Washington state’s House and Senate have restored money to oversee hemp, potentially ending uncertainty after the governor proposed cutting funding for the state’s hemp production program. The hemp lifeline, first reported by Capital Press, comes after the Washington Department of Agriculture stopped issuing hemp licenses because of a budget shortfall and threatened to […]

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Pennsylvania misses hemp target, but expansion still coming

Response to Pennsylvania’s plan to expand hemp production has been lower than state officials anticipated. The state set an ambitious goal for increasing hemp production this year by offering more licenses and increasing the acreage farmers can use to develop hemp from 5 acres to 100 acres. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said when he announced […]

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Industrial hemp facility planned for Kentucky

A company founded by Canadian investors is planning to launch a hemp-product development and manufacturing center in Kentucky. According to Lexington TV station LEX 18, AgTech Scientific plans to create 271 jobs in Bourbon County with a $5 million investment into the project. Here’s what you need to know: The 50,000-square-foot facility would be built on […]

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Colorado hemp grower wins processing appeal

A western Colorado town is changing its land development rules to allow CBD extraction from hemp, a change prompted by a hemp grower who appealed zoning rules that allowed him to grow hemp but not process it. David Cox, who is licensed to grow 100 acres of hemp, successfully argued that processing hemp is similar […]

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Colorado company develops first US-bred hemp seed variety

A Colorado cannabis company has developed the first hemp seed bred entirely in the United States in the modern era, according to the state’s agriculture department. The Colorado Department of Agriculture said the seed variety, called NWG-Elite, was developed by New West Genetics, a cannabis biotechnology company in Fort Collins. “This is the first U.S.-bred […]

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Colorado hemp producer leaving for Arkansas’ new market

A hemp grower and CBD manufacturer in Denver is shifting operations to Arkansas, which will allow hemp cultivation and processing for the first time this year. Tree of Life Seeds is owned by Arkansas natives who said they set up shop in Colorado in 2015 to learn the ins and outs of the hemp industry. […]

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Water access poses big risk for many hemp growers in 2018

Confusion at the federal level about water is causing a huge dilemma for hemp producers: Licensing deadlines are fast approaching in many states, but farmers don’t know if they’ll be able to irrigate their crops. That’s because the nation’s largest wholesale supplier of water – the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – won’t allow its water to […]

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Snub by Washington state governor threatens hemp program

A budget proposal from Washington’s governor could spell doom for that state’s struggling hemp industry. State agriculture officials have stopped issuing hemp licenses, and they say they’ll end the hemp program without an infusion of cash to pay for oversight. The situation got more dire this week when a budget proposal from Gov. Jay Inslee did […]

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