Cultivation, Processing & Extraction

Wisconsin hemp bill signed into law, closing geographic gap

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has quietly signed a bill making Wisconsin the 35th state to allow hemp production. The bill had passed unanimously in the state Legislature, sending the measure to Walker’s desk. Supporters say Wisconsin farmers should be able to grow hemp in 2018. The measure: Directs the University of Wisconsin to administer voluntary […]

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Oklahoma proposal would allow hemp-based CBD production

Oklahoma lawmakers are poised to consider legal hemp production in 2018, a move that would open the state’s limited cannabidiol program to in-state producers. If the bipartisan proposal aimed at boosting a sagging farm economy succeeds, Oklahoma would join more than 30 other states that allow hemp production. “It’s a true cash crop and has a […]

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Flower power: Canada’s new hemp rules boost CBD production, but limits remain

Canada’s hemp market is about to skyrocket under new regulations that allow the nation’s farmers to use the plant’s flower for cannabidiol extraction. The proposal has farmers and cannabis companies scrambling to capitalize on the change. “This changes everything,” said Jenn Larry, president of CBD Strategy Group, a Montreal-based consulting firm for cannabis companies. “We’ve been growing hemp […]

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Canopy Growth’s latest hemp move could add 2,000 acres

Canopy Growth is moving farther into the Canadian hemp market with the acquisition of hemp land in Saskatchewan that could scale to over 2,000 acres. The medical marijuana producer, which trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange as WEED, on Monday announced the acquisition of Green Hemp Industries. In addition to buying farm operations and associated assets, equipment, […]

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L.A. firm aims to boost Colorado hemp farm by 900 acres

A Los Angeles-based real estate company is seeking to expand an 80-acre hemp research site in Pueblo, Colorado, 12-fold, which would make it one of the largest hemp operations in the state. Agritek Holdings – which has water and mineral rights on the 80-acre site it already owns in Pueblo – has been given first […]

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North Dakota is looking for more hemp farmers

North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is seeking participants for the third year of the state’s industrial hemp research program. The goal of the program is to determine whether hemp can be a successful crop in North Dakota, and which varieties work best in the state’s climate. Five North Dakota producers planted 70-plus acres of hemp in […]

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South Carolina hemp interest booms after slow start

After a slow start getting applications for its first modern hemp crop, South Carolina saw a crush of last-minute applicants. More than 120 farmers in South Carolina have signed up for just 20 licenses to grow hemp next year, The State newspaper reported. The intense demand came as a surprise after a slow start to applications, […]

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Wisconsin lawmakers to vote on hemp farming bill this week

A Wisconsin legislative committee is set to vote on a bill this week that would allow farmers in the state to grow hemp and join surrounding states with hemp laws. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism is scheduled to vote on the measure Wednesday morning. The bill calls for the state Department […]

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Virginia official signals state plans to boost hemp program

Virginia is looking to boost its small hemp program next year to compete with larger producers of the plant such as North Carolina and Kentucky. Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Basil I. Gooden wrote in an op-ed in The Roanoke Times that hemp’s potential in Virginia is “tremendous,” and he indicated that changes are coming to help Virginia […]

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