Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

New Mexico to invest $400,000 in Las Cruces hemp manufacturing firm

A hemp manufacturing business in Southern New Mexico will get a boost from the state’s Economic Development Department. The agency said it has pledged to invest $400,000 in 420 Valley as part of a continued effort by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration to grow the burgeoning industry. 420 Valley plans to move into a vacant […]

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Embattled Pennsylvania hemp processor ordered to close

A hemp drying and processing company in Pennsylvania that has received numerous complaints about its facilities, odor and lack of pay to employees has been ordered by the state to close. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an administrative order to cease operation at the Jeannette facility of Patriot Shield Security, The Philadelphia Enquirer […]

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Key US senator wants USDA to extend hemp rule comment period

The top Democratic official in the U.S. Senate is calling on federal agriculture regulators to allow more time for hemp industry stakeholders to have their voices heard regarding hemp production regulations. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend […]

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Farmers can now apply for hemp production licenses through USDA

Producers who want to grow hemp in 2020 but live in a state that does not currently have a program can now apply for federal licenses. The Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting license applications from producers whose states or tribes do not submit plans for approval. The agency […]

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USDA, DOJ in talks about real-time hemp certification to ease transport issues

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is talking about getting real-time hemp information to law enforcement authorities in order to ease interstate hemp shipments. An information-sharing platform with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could provide “some level of solution” that shipments are legal hemp and not illegal marijuana, according to USDA attorney Mai Dinh. […]

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Christmas tree shortage possible as farmers switch to hemp

Farmers moving to hemp production could cause shortages of other crops, including Christmas trees. Consumers should make their yearly pilgrimage to pick out the perfect tree for the holidays sooner than later, according to experts, because some tree farmers have pivoted away from the crop to concentrate on faster-growing, more profitable crops such as hemp. […]

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Pennsylvania hemp drying facility reopens; employees still awaiting payment

A Pennsylvania hemp facility that was closed last week after its owners allegedly ignored code requirements has reopened after adding ventilation, but former employees say they still haven’t been paid. The drying warehouse in Jeannette – owned by Patriot Shield Security, a Colorado-based security and transportation company that serves both hemp and marijuana clients – […]

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Behind the scenes in a Kentucky ornamental powerhouse that converted to hemp

  The new hemp industry is attracting some powerhouse players in agriculture, and Hemp Industry Daily went behind the scenes to see how one of the most intriguing partnerships is going. AgTech Scientific, a hemp company in Paris, Kentucky, has merged with ColorPoint, formerly a large player in the ornamental horticulture industry, supplying garden centers […]

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Canopy Growth gets green light to move forward with suit against CA hemp farm

Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth has the go-ahead to continue its lawsuit against a California farm it accuses of misusing a deposit and killing hemp plants worth millions. Canopy Growth is suing Research and Development Farming (RDF) of California’s Central Valley, which contracted to grow 500 acres of hemp for the Ontario company in 2019. In a lawsuit […]

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