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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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To help change USDA hemp rules, producers turn to state regulators, US Congress

Looking for allies to loosen federal hemp restrictions, professionals in the hemp industry are teaming with state agriculture authorities and members of the U.S. Congress to push for change in areas such as hemp sampling and testing. Now that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the comment period on federal production rules, it’s wise […]

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EPA approves 10 pesticides for hemp production

Hemp farmers will have the option to use new crop protection tools for the 2020 season after federal regulators’ approval of pesticide products to the hemp production arsenal. In a major step toward making the newly legal crop a national commodity, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday approved the use of 10 products to control […]

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CBD and sports: Marketing to athletes becoming big business

CBD manufacturers looking for new market opportunities are making big investments in the sports nutrition market, signing up athlete endorsements and trying to capitalize on growing acceptance of cannabidiol’s anti-inflammatory properties among premier sports stars. From three-time PGA Tour champion Scott McCarron to former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, athletes are being tapped […]

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USDA hemp-production regulations endanger smokable hemp flower market, business leaders say

Stringent sampling and testing protocols mandated by federal agriculture officials in the new hemp production regulations could make the hemp flower market go up in smoke, according to industry observers. Farmers and industry advocates worry the lucrative smokable hemp flower that many farmers are producing – with hopes of earning some of the highest profits […]

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