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CBD producer Mile High Labs lays off 20 employees after major expansion

Mile High Labs, a CBD manufacturer in suburban Denver, said it has laid off 20 employees, mostly sales positions. This week’s layoffs, a cut of less than 10% of Mile High Labs’ workforce, take the company from more than 250 employees to about 230, the Denver Post reported. The layoffs follow a growing trend in […]

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Federal hemp producer licenses delayed while USDA waits for White House

Federal hemp licenses promised last fall have yet to appear, a delay that federal agriculture officials are blaming on extended discussions with the White House. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initially said that farmers in areas that have legalized hemp production but opted out of regulating it could apply for federal licenses by Nov. 30. […]

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New task force sets out to standardize hemp sampling methods, analysis

There are benchmarks and standards for nearly everything when it comes to agricultural production, but not everyone is always using the same methods or using them in the same tactical way – especially in a nascent industry such as hemp. That’s why a new task force commissioned by the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is aiming […]

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‘Great opportunity to share knowledge and research’: Q&A with Caren Wilcox, head of fledgling US Hemp Growers Association

In agriculture, it’s rare that a new commodity presents such new opportunities for farmers and businesses in the way hemp has. And the nascent industry has experienced its share of growing pains since the 2014 Farm Bill established a pilot research program for the crop in the United States and the 2018 Farm Bill made […]

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South Carolina traffic stop underscores problems of transportation protocols for police, hemp industry

Police in South Carolina are saying suspicious behavior by drivers, unprofessional shipping practices and unsatisfactory paperwork caused them to seize a 183-pound shipment of hemp in December that they thought was marijuana. But the Texas hemp distributor who bought the hemp and the North Carolina supplier are saying the police aren’t being truthful – about […]

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Top 10 hemp business stories of 2019: Legalization brings new rules, Texas joins industry, farmers struggle with harvest & more

The hemp industry’s pivot from pilot-program experiment to national commodity kept entrepreneurs clicking to keep up with changes for the new industry. And Texas’ entry into the national hemp-producing economy was a development not to be missed. Those were among the most widely read stories for 2019 at Hemp Industry Daily, based on page views. 1. […]

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Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio are first with approved hemp rules

Relative hemp newcomers Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio have leapfrogged states with more established hemp programs in winning first approval for their 2020 regulations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Friday that those three states are the first with approved hemp regulations. The three plan to allow commercial cultivation for the first time in 2020. The USDA […]

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PA processor gets green light to reopen limited operations but must pay fine

A Pennsylvania hemp-processing center that was closed after repeat air-quality warnings from the state has been fined and given permission to reopen on a limited basis. Under the terms of a Dec. 24 agreement with the state, the Jeannette facility owned by Patriot Shield Security will be fined $29,000 for air-quality violations, according to the […]

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Exclusive: Nevada hemp consultant discusses crop’s potential in Southwest

The desert Southwest could become a critical hemp-producing area for the United States, according to a longtime hemp educator in the University of Nevada system. In this special episode of News & Views – recorded at MJBizCon in Las Vegas – Marysia Morawska, who oversees hemp projects with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, sat down with Hemp Industry […]

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