Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

10 things the hemp industry wants most from the USDA

The hemp industry wants faster rule-making, immediate hemp-transportation laws that were promised under the 2018 Farm Bill, common national THC-testing standards and an end to restrictions on imported seed in time for the 2019 season. Those were some of the top requests in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) webinar this week to solicit public […]

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South Dakota governor vetoes legal hemp production

The hopes for legal hemp production in South Dakota came to a halt when Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed a bill approved by the state’s Legislature. Concerned that South Dakota was “not ready” for legalized hemp production because it would prove too difficult for law enforcement to regulate, Noem previously made it known she was opposed […]

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Federal lawsuit against West Virginia hemp farm dismissed

The owners of a West Virginia hemp farm were cleared of federal drug charges after they were accused of violating the federal Controlled Substances Act for purchasing seeds from Kentucky. A U.S. district court judge dismissed the case against Grassy Run Farms and its affiliated company Commonwealth Alternative Medical Options (CAMO Hemp WV) on Wednesday, the […]

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Mile High Labs alleges copyright infringement in tobacco deal

Mile High Labs, a CBD extraction company in Loveland, Colorado, is suing a Rhode Island firm for stealing its extraction technology to secure investment from a tobacco company investing in hemp. Mile High said in its copyright-infringement lawsuit filed Tuesday that privately held CBD extractor Canadian American Standard Hemp (CASH) used work created by Mile High Labs […]

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USDA plans webinar on hemp and the Farm Bill, invites comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a webinar to get public input on the 2018 Farm Bill and hemp production. All interested parties are welcome to provide comments during the March 13 session, hosted by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Program. Participants must register in advance, and those who wish to speak must submit written comments to [email protected] by […]

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States get busy on hemp as USDA delays national hemp rules until 2020

Energized by the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and places federal regulatory authority with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), states have been readying their hemp cultivation regulatory plans for approval. But those next steps were put on hold on this week when the USDA confirmed it will not […]

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California hemp company sponsored to help research high-CBD cultivars

A California hempseed company and a traditional agriculture biotech firm have been tapped to breed improved industrial hemp cultivars for California. California Hemp Corp., based in Oakdale, and Benson Hill Biosystems, a Missouri crop-improvement company, have partnered in a sponsored research agreement with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) to breed improved industrial hemp cultivars, […]

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Arizona hemp farmers get green light to plant in June

Hemp farmers in Arizona can now begin planting two months earlier than originally planned, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey. State Sen. Sonny Borrelli of Lake Havasu City sponsored the bill, which could permit farmers to plant as early as June rather than waiting for August, as set by another bill […]

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What is CBD skin care worth? Industry executives talk market opportunities as retailers buy in

As companies prepare for legal changes to the hemp industry after the plant’s federal reclassification, a sleeping giant in the CBD sector is beginning to step into its full financial potential: skin-care products. The $18 billion U.S. skin-care industry is seeing a flood of CBD entrants, including large retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Barneys. The skin-care scramble makes […]

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FSD Pharma reveals hemp purchase agreement after Auxly deal collapses

Ontario-based FSD Pharma has agreed to buy 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of hemp on a contractual basis from a farmer in the province for CBD extraction at the company’s Cobourg facility. The move comes after the breakdown last week of an agreement between FSD and marijuana company Auxly for the purchase of 49.9% of the […]

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Tobacco money tapped to fuel new hemp testing facility in Virginia

Virginia will spend nearly $400,000 to develop a testing facility for agricultural products – including hemp – with funds coming from a state agency set up to revitalize tobacco-growing areas in the state. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission awarded the money to buy a high-end Waters UPLC mass spectrometer for the Institute for Advanced […]

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