Montana Hemp Business & Legal News


States split on following USDA hemp rules in 2020

More states have declared that they’re going to stick with their own rules for the 2020 hemp production season, rather than follow federal guidelines on the new crop. To date, 20 states have said they will follow the 2014 pilot rules this growing season, outnumbering the 12 that have so far received U.S. Department of […]

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USDA approves Montana hemp plan, but state will keep pilot rules for now

Montana agriculture officials have pushed through with getting federal approval on the state’s hemp production plan. But they will still operate the 2020 production season under the existing pilot rules, which expire Oct. 31. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Montana’s plan Friday. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) submitted it on Jan. 9. But […]

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Montana, North Dakota keeping old rules for 2020 hemp production season

Two more top hemp states have decided to operate their 2020 hemp production programs under the rules of the 2014 Farm Bill. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the public comment period last week on its interim final rule for hemp production, regulators in Montana and North Dakota said they will keep their current rules. Montana, […]

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States move forward on hemp while USDA develops federal rules

Afraid of missing hot opportunities in hemp while the federal government mulls national rules, states are adopting a surprising number of laws to start or expand hemp production. Most states already allow hemp cultivation, but 2019 has seen many of the hemp holdouts adopt cultivation laws, while more established hemp states are expanding opportunities to […]

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Kentucky, Montana senators get impatient with outdated hemp rules

U.S. senators from two big hemp states are getting fed up with waiting for hemp rules on issues such as shipping hemp across states lines to get fixed, so they’re pushing federal regulators to move faster. During a forum in Kentucky on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a new hemp law may be […]

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Hemp boom: States report dramatic licensing increases for 2019

Hemp production is about to shift into overdrive in states where growers have been licensed to get started with the 2019 planting season. There is a dramatic increase in interest among new farmers looking to capitalize on hemp in states that have been growing the crop under pilot programs. Here’s an early look at 2019 […]

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Water access poses big risk for many hemp growers in 2018

Confusion at the federal level about water is causing a huge dilemma for hemp producers: Licensing deadlines are fast approaching in many states, but farmers don’t know if they’ll be able to irrigate their crops. That’s because the nation’s largest wholesale supplier of water – the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – won’t allow its water to […]

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