Hemp Fiber and Grain News

USDA to spend $500,000 researching hemp cross-pollination

Researchers from Virginia Tech have been tapped to predict the trajectory of wind-dispersed hemp pollen, a major concern for outdoor growers of marijuana and flower varieties of hemp. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has devoted $500,000 to look at the path of hemp and switchgrass pollens. The goal is to predict how and where pollen […]

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Hemp-based wood startup in Kentucky begins production amid trade dispute

A Kentucky company planning to develop hemp-derived wood products has begun production even as it appeals a 25% tariff on some equipment from China. Fibonacci opened its $5.8 million facility in Murray, Kentucky, this week. The company, which plans to employ 25 people making hemp-based wood products such as flooring and furniture components, is appealing a tariff […]

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GreenGro acquires California real estate for hemp CBD seed cultivation

Ancillary firm GreenGro Technologies acquired 4 acres in Southern California for propagating low-THC, high-CBD hempseeds. “We expect the sale of those seeds to have a significant positive impact on both our revenue and bottom line since the costs associated with producing hempseeds are expected to be significantly less than the revenue that the sale of […]

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Mattress firm navigates tricky hemp-fiber market

A Michigan company hopes to be at the forefront of industrial hemp textile and fabric adoption by marketing hemp mattresses to millennials. However, short supply of hemp fiber for textiles and fabric is creating challenges for the company and driving up the price. “When we went on the hunt for the ingredients to build the […]

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Health Canada cuts red tape for hempseed shipments to US

The hemp industry in Canada is welcoming a move by the country’s regulatory body to simplify the export of hempseed to the United States ahead of this spring’s planting season. Last week, Health Canada notified hemp license holders and applicants the agency would no longer require an import permit from the U.S. authority before issuing […]

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EPA awards research funds for hemp concrete improvements

Hemp’s potential in sustainable construction has won some California researchers a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have been awarded more than $12,000 to study a new way to process hemp for hempcrete. The students will experiment with a cleaner way to process hemp fibers to […]

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Australian farmers in Tasmania increase hempseed production for food

The number of hemp producers in the Australian state of Tasmania, which produces 66% of the nation’s commercial hemp crop, has nearly doubled – and it’s projected to continue growing because drought is causing supply shortage in other regions, according to Australia’s ABC News. Tasmania has produced hemp for fiber and cosmetics since the 1990s, but […]

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Cannabis-waste recycler wins Colorado grant to develop aftermarket hemp products

A cannabis-waste startup has been selected to receive a $250,000 grant from Colorado to find aftermarket uses for hemp and marijuana waste. 9Fiber of Silver Spring, Maryland, plans to process waste hemp and marijuana stalks for industrial purposes such as bioplastics, construction materials and animal bedding. The company expects to start operations in Pueblo, Colorado, in […]

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