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Lawsuits, delays and an explosion: Troubles mount for Kentucky hemp pioneer GenCanna

A Kentucky hemp company that helped pioneer large-scale CBD production methods and takes some credit for getting the hemp plant legalized is now facing a cascade of business challenges. First, delays piled up at GenCanna’s rural Kentucky processing facility that the company envisions making a processing hub for several Midwestern states. Then, farmers in GenCanna’s […]

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Chart: CBD retail landscape is rapidly evolving

After spending years as a niche item in specialty stores, CBD-infused products have found their way onto the shelves of prominent retailers – and the ingredient’s presence and availability may yet increase. This week, CBD companies announced a number of new distribution deals. Consider: Southeastern Grocers joined the CBD category, announcing it will begin selling […]

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USDA suggests farmers pay hemp-promotions fee, offers no more details on rule changes

The agency setting baseline national minimums for hemp production says growers should tax themselves to promote the new crop. A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Heather Pichelman, said Monday in the agency’s first address to hemp growers since releasing national regulations that the industry “has clearly shown interest” in paying fees […]

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Hemp farmers eligible for USDA programs under new federal rules

Nationwide hemp production rules that took effect Thursday come with new federal protections for the crop. Starting in the 2020 growing year, cultivators licensed under federally approved production programs will have the same access to federal loans, crop insurance, disaster assistance and conservation programs that farmers of other commodities have under the U.S. Department of […]

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White House approves USDA hemp rules; release imminent

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal hemp production rules, Hemp Industry Daily has learned. With approval from the OMB, which must sign off on new regulations from any federal agency, the public release of the interim production rules could come any day. Washington DC-based […]

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