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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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MJBizDaily co-founder Farrington bowing out as CEO; Walsh to fill her role

Cassandra Farrington, the co-founder of Marijuana Business Daily, is stepping aside as CEO of the pioneering cannabis publishing and trade show business at the end of the year and will be replaced by the company’s founding editor and president, Chris Walsh. Farrington, who has overseen huge growth at MJBizDaily since its founding in 2011, will transition […]

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Border seizures of hemp continue despite legalization, lawsuit, importer says

This story has been updated with a section discussing new import/export rules on live hemp plants. A California CBD manufacturer challenging the hemp policies of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says hemp seizures are still taking place despite nationwide legalization and a federal judge’s assurance that border seizures of legal hemp are a thing […]

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