MondayFeb 24, 2020 9:00 am

Hemp Tent Draws Crowds at World Ag Expo

The World Agriculture Expo is the largest annual outdoor agriculture exposition, with over 1,450 exhibitions and 100,000 plus attendees every year. This year, hemp fever was high. Although the crop has been legal for a little more than a year and the hemp industry is still in its infancy, the cash crop was big during the 2020 Ag Expo. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and its extracts after decades of prohibition, and the industry blew up soon after. Hemp has a plethora of uses, ranging from textiles and construction to bioplastics and food. Within a year, the sector…

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FridayFeb 21, 2020 4:00 pm

Proposed Georgia Law to Allow Police to Arrest People for Hemp and Marijuana Possession

On Tuesday, a bill that passed a Georgia House committee would give police in the state the power to arrest people found possessing small amounts of green leafy substances, even when they cannot differentiate if it is legal hemp or illegal marijuana. The legislation would consider it a crime to transport hemp plants without documents showing that the hemp was produced under a farming or processing license. The violators would be given the same punishment as that of misdemeanor marijuana crimes, such as a year in jail or a fine of $1,000. The bill was approved through a voice vote…

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FridayFeb 21, 2020 9:00 am

A Summary of States’ Comments About the Federal Hemp Rules

The USDA comment period on the hemp IFR (interim final rule) is up and the department received more than 3,000 comments from farmers, companies, hemp industry associations, and state agriculture departments. We picked the common concerns that characterized the comments submitted. The Interim Final Rule requires annual THC sampling of all hemp crop locations Most of the states recommend for the sampling to be random, and risk-based to reduce administrative burdens, instead of comprehensively testing all sites. For instance, Kentucky has identified several seeds that test below 0.3% and others whose THC fluctuates. They believe that the latter should be…

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ThursdayFeb 20, 2020 4:00 pm

A Closer Look at What it Takes to Make Denim from Hemp

Saying hemp has many uses is an understatement. Said to have thousands of applications, hemp is incredibly versatile, and it works as an alternative in numerous industries. From nutrition and textiles to bioplastics and construction, there isn't much hemp can't do. On top of that, the plant produces cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical that's been found to have a plethora of medical applications. One of hemp's most interesting applications is in the textile industry. Even though most of the focus right now is on hemp-derived CBD, hemp lends itself pretty well to the textile sector, as evidenced by the numerous hemp-based…

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ThursdayFeb 20, 2020 9:00 am

NY Hemp Farmers Come Together as New Hemp Laws Take Effect

For many, the 2018 Farm Bill was a game-changer. The legislation legalized the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and its extracts, finally allowing farmers access to an immensely profitable cash crop. Cannabidiol (CBD) has made hemp even more valuable. After just a year of legal sales, CBD is worth millions in sales, with experts saying it will hit $20 billion by 2024. Last December, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a much-awaited bill into law, finally giving the New York hemp/CBD industry a regulatory framework for hemp extract production, processing, and commerce. The bill further updates the hemp permitting…

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WednesdayFeb 19, 2020 4:00 pm

Farmers Count Losses as Thieves Mistake Industrial Hemp for Marijuana

Since the legalization of hemp in 2018 under the Department of Agriculture Farm Bill, many farmers started cultivating hemp in 2019, and apart from the usual challenges of growing hemp such as mold and harsh weather conditions, hemp farmers had to face theft of their crop as thieves mistook hemp for marijuana. Demarkus Medley owns a small boutique-style farm in Galesburg, Illinois, and grows leafy greens and lettuce using aquaponics. Aquaponics is a system where fish provide nutrients required for growing crops. However, in 2019, he decided to cultivate hemp, but as the harvesting neared, he noticed that some of…

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WednesdayFeb 19, 2020 9:00 am

Study Finds That Hemp Legalization Has Boosted Bee Numbers

Scientists have discovered that since the legalization of industrial hemp took place in 2018 under the Department of Agriculture Farm Bill, the newly green fields of Cannabis Sativa L. have had unexpected benefits upon the bee population as it is helping boost their numbers. Hemp is exclusively pollinated via wind and therefore creates a lot of pollen for a variety of bee species. And since legalization, and the whole of 2019, growers have been cultivating industrial hemp outdoors instead of hiding them in house basements like it was years before legalization. The journal Environmental Entomology published the study that found…

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TuesdayFeb 18, 2020 4:00 pm

5 Mistakes New Hemp Growers Should Avoid

Ever since the Farm Bill legalized the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and its extracts, the hemp industry has been on a roll. Already worth millions of dollars in sales, the industry is expected to hit $20 billion by 2024. While hemp seems like the prime cash crop to grow this year, the line between success and failure is a very thin one. Hemp had been outlawed for decades, and even though it's legal at the federal level, there's a lot that's still shrouded in mystery, especially concerning genetics. And this can make it really hard to thrive as…

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WednesdayFeb 12, 2020 12:12 pm

SinglePoint Inc. (SING) CEO Discusses Major Solar, Hemp Opportunities During MoneyTV Interview

SING focused on influencing strategy, direction of high-potential companies Company subsidiary partners with one of nation’s largest real-estate brokers SinglePoint’s mission is to seize opportunities via aggressive expansion strategy across wide range of assets SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) is a diversified holding company that specializes in the acquisition of small to mid-sized companies. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, SinglePoint’s emphasis is on new technologies and multiple revenue streams. The company provides solar, payment-processing and text-marketing programs. The company offers investment opportunities across a broad array of assets. SinglePoint is accelerating its renewable energy and revenue-growth strategies for residential and commercial solar…

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WednesdayFeb 12, 2020 9:00 am

USDA Insists It Will Not Raise Hemp THC Limit

On Thursday, the USDA said that the proposed rule for hemp would not be amended to increase the stipulated limit for THC. The department argued that only Congress could change the policy. The department further said that it is willing to change some of the other rules, as suggested by the farmers and industry stakeholders. The officials also said that after the 2020 harvest, the department would be opening up the second comment period to gather more input before finalizing the interim final rules. Legislators and industry stakeholders have made several appeals to the USDA to change its regulations on…

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