Fiber and Grain

Polish petroleum firm inks deal to produce biofuel from hemp

A government-owned petroleum firm in Poland has struck a deal to produce bioethanol from hemp. Grupa Lotos, one of the 10 largest fuel companies in Central Europe by sales, entered the agreement with the state-owned Institute of Natural Fibers and Medicinal Plants, Hemp Today reported. The Institute grows and researches natural fibers such as hemp […]

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Colorado cannabis biotech snags $10 million for expansion

A Colorado-based cannabis biotech firm announced Thursday that it has secured $10 million in private funding to accelerate production in California and Canada. Front Range Biosciences of Lafayette said it plans to invest some of the money in investigating new strains of cannabis. The company uses tissue-culture technology to make “plantlets” for both hemp and […]

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Alaska oil and gas company inks deal for hemp-based additive

A North Carolina company that uses hemp to make an additive for drilling fluid for oil and gas operators has signed a distribution deal with an Alaska drilling company. Under the agreement, Quadco, an Anchorage company that maintains and repairs oil and gas wells, will distribute Hemp Inc.’s DrillWall product across Alaska. Hemp Inc. grows […]

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Myth-busting: Hemp needs more water than many think

Hemp isn’t as immune to drought as supporters claim, according to a Colorado State University soil researcher who analyzed two years of Colorado hemp production. “There are a lot of myths about this crop, and one of them is that it doesn’t need much water,” said Brian Campbell, a doctoral student in Soil and Crop […]

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Vermont hemp processor wins partial victory in crop dispute

A Vermont hemp processor accused of stealing a contract farmer’s hemp crop won’t be held personally liable for any missing profits. A civil judge dismissed the personal liability case against Vermont Hemp Co. CEO Joel Bedard, according to Heady Vermont, a website that covers the state’s cannabis industry. The lawsuit against the company will continue, […]

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New Zealand hemp industry taking off with new uses, more acres

A hemp education hub opening Saturday in New Zealand comes as the nation prepares for a big uptick in hemp growing because of new rules expanding how the plant can be used. According to the New Zealand Herald, the hemp innovation hub will offer consulting and education for interested hemp farmers. The owner of the […]

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Canada hemp farmers blame overproduction for drooping prices

Hemp farmers in Canada say overproduction is depressing prices for seeds. The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance told the Commodity News Service that Canadian seed prices have fallen from about 75 Canadian cents (58 cents) a pound last year to 55 Canadian cents a pound this year. Canada remains the world’s biggest hempseed producer, devoting about […]

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Hemp, CBD bills quashed in Idaho, Indiana

Two state legislatures scrapped legislation to expand CBD access and allow hemp production. Idaho and Indiana lawmakers said “no thanks” to bills that initially appeared headed toward approval, both at the apparent urging of Republican governors. Republicans also dominate the two state legislatures. In Idaho, where lawmakers passed a CBD bill in 2015 only to […]

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Vermont hemp legal dispute snags processor

Hemp may be easy to grow, but raising a profitable crop is no slam dunk. That’s what a Vermont hemp processor is learning after a landowner sued him for not delivering thousands of dollars she was hoping would save her mother’s home. A lawsuit filed in a state court in Burlington accuses Vermont Hemp Co. […]

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