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Congress ramping up pressure to ‘provide a pathway forward’ for hemp, CBD

New legislation introduced by the top-ranking member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee could require federal food and agriculture regulators to treat hemp-derived CBD as a dietary supplement. Agriculture Chair Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, suggests changing the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) to include the regulation of hemp-derived CBD and products containing […]

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Hemp could be ‘paradigm changer’ in agricultural diversity and lead to better support for minority farmers

Opportunities abound in the hemp industry, but to attain the crop’s full potential, it’s going to require people from all walks of life, according to industry observers. “I want to go to a conference and not feel like I’m the only black guy there,” said Malcolm Anderson, founder and CEO of The Prophet Society, a vertically […]

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Hemp production too risky and restrictive for small farmers, advocates say

(Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional industry responses.) High input costs, unstable genetics and a steep learning curve impacted most new hemp farmers in the first legal farming season after legalization of hemp as a commodity crop. But small farmers especially are seeing high barriers to entry within the nascent industry, according […]

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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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