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NC awards economic development grant to new hemp processing plant

North Carolina is giving a hemp processor $100,000 to set up a new facility. Carolina Botanicals, a commercial processor of hemp biomass, will invest $3.46 million in its new processing plant in Tabor City, in Southeastern North Carolina. The plant is projected to create 30 jobs. The $100,000 grant comes from the One North Carolina […]

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California updates industrial hemp law to comply with 2018 Farm Bill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to bring the state’s hemp laws into compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill. The measure, which was signed Saturday and will take effect Jan. 1, updates the state’s definition of industrial hemp and terminology to match the federal language. It also requires the California Department of Food and Agriculture […]

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University looking for hemp industry guidance to identify research priorities

Michigan State University is looking to the hemp industry to provide guidance on research and outreach needs. University researchers are asking growers who are currently producing or plan to produce hemp for biomass, fiber, grain or CBD to participate in an industrial hemp survey. The survey asks growers to prioritize areas where they could use […]

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Canopy, US hemp grower head to court over dismal crop, missed payments

Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth and a Nevada-based hemp producer are suing each other in rival federal cases over a bad crop and allegations of missed payments and misspent advances. The cases center on Go Farm Hemp, a Henderson, Nevada-headquartered company that entered contracts to grow hemp in 2019 for Canopy Growth in Colorado, Kentucky, […]

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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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CBD producer sues Oregon hempseed company for $44 million over ruined crop

A Kentucky-based CBD company filed a $44 million lawsuit against an Oregon hempseed company, claiming the hempseeds it supplied were bogus and contributed to ruining the company’s 2019 crop. Lexington-based Elemental Processing estimated it lost at least $44 million in profits after HP Farms of Troutdale, Oregon, allegedly supplied it with more than 6 million […]

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Hemp banking protections pass US House as part of landmark cannabis bill

House lawmakers passed a historic cannabis banking bill Wednesday that also provides a safe harbor for financial institutions serving hemp and hemp-derived CBD businesses. Proponents believed that such provisions were necessary despite the fact that hemp became legal nationwide with the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill. The hemp amendments in the SAFE Banking Act, […]

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