ThursdayJan 23, 2020 4:00 pm

Wisconsin Hemp Farmers Can Now Get New Crop Insurance

Although the hemp/CBD sector has been subject to intense demand from a population looking for natural, healthier alternatives, it hasn't been easy for sellers to operate. After decades of prohibition, industrial hemp was legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill, finally giving farmers the leeway to farm the crop through state and tribal programs. And while this was a step in the right direction, it was barely enough to get the industry going. As 2019 began, a few states here and there started their own hemp pilot programs, and with that, hemp was grown on American farms again. However, hemp is…

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ThursdayJan 23, 2020 9:00 am

New Trade Deal Compels China to Buy More US Hemp

For years, China has been the primary source of hemp imports into the United States. However, on Wednesday, China entered into a new trade agreement with the U.S. which requires it to buy more of the non-psychoactive marijuana crop from the U.S. Hemp was federally legalized in the U.S. under the 2018 Farm Bill. On Wednesday, China signed an international trade agreement, which requires them to import hemp on a large scale as well as other agricultural products listed in the contract. According to the accord, both parties acknowledge that the agreement would result in trade and economic structural changes…

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WednesdayJan 22, 2020 4:00 pm

Initial Tests Find Lots of Arizona Hemp ‘Hot’

When the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp, it had only two conditions; first, farmers had to grow the plants under approved state or tribal programs, and two, the hemp had to have less than 0.3% THC. THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the cannabinoids produced by cannabis, and it's what gives marijuana its psychoactive kick. The U.S. Department of Agriculture furthered this stipulation with its interim final rule, terming hemp that's exceeded the THC limit as 'hot'. This has been a subject of intense contention among growers and other interested parties. Some argue that with the current genetics,…

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WednesdayJan 22, 2020 9:00 am

USDA Releases List of DEA Certified Hemp Testing Facilities

The American hemp industry has seen a lot of upheavals since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and gave farmers all over the country leeway to grow the cash crop. In the year that followed, the sector grew by leaps and bounds. However, it was barely regulated, and farmers, processors and other players were having a hard time running their operations. Heeding to calls from industry players and politicians, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its interim final rule on hemp in October 2018. One of its stipulations was that farmers would be required to test their crops…

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TuesdayJan 21, 2020 4:00 pm

Ohio Hemp Production Rules Pave the Way for Farmers to Secure Licenses

On Thursday, a state committee in Ohio voted to allow farmers to grow hemp on their land by the end of January. According to the approved hemp regulations by the Department of Agriculture in Ohio, farmers would be allowed to grow a minimum of 1,000 plants on a quarter acre. The farmers are also required to pay an application fee of $100 for a hemp cultivation license and an additional fee of $500 for each cultivation location. The executive director of the Ohio hemp program, David Miran, said that his office received complaints about the 1,000 minimum plants being too…

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TuesdayJan 21, 2020 9:00 am

A Guide to Adding Hemp Seeds to Your Diet

Hemp seeds are also referred to as hemp hearts, and people looking enrich their plant-based diet can use them. Hemp hearts are very nutritious as they have high fiber content, protein, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals. Because hemp seeds are composed of many nutrients, nutrition experts consider them to be a superfood. Discussed below is a shopping guide to inform you about the benefits of hemp seeds and things you must know before buying a product. The nutrient profile of hemp hearts Hemp seeds provide consumers with many health benefits once added to your diets. Discussed below are the…

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FridayJan 17, 2020 4:00 pm

Missouri Farmers Welcome Launch of Hemp Crop

Bryan Kurz, a Missouri farmer, didn't know what he was getting himself into when he grew small amounts of hemp for research last year under the state's hemp pilot program. Now, he receives several calls a day from farmers eager to join the hemp bandwagon. "I can't even tell you how many people I talk to each day," he says. "I bet I get five calls a day minimum." There has been significant interest in hemp across the country, especially after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp. Under the legislation, farmers could grow and sell hemp under state and…

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FridayJan 17, 2020 9:00 am

Indoor Hemp Farmers Start Using AI to Improve Efficiency

Barely a year after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and gave farmers the green light to grow the crop under state and tribal programs, the industrial hemp industry is booming. The insanely versatile crop had been outlawed for decades and this resulted in a lot of ignorance regarding best practices for cultivating hemp. Apart from its industrial and nutritional uses, hemp also produces a variety of useful cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) and THC. According to the Farm Bill, hemp has to have less than 0.3% THC for it to be considered legal hemp. THC is the main intoxicating…

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ThursdayJan 16, 2020 4:00 pm

Michigan Hemp Meeting Sets Stage for 2020 Season

A Hemp Expo was held last weekend at Lansing Center, and more than a thousand people attended the two-day conference which was like a curtain raiser for the 2020 planting season. Legal Hemp was first planted in Michigan in 2019, and more than 564 growers took part by obtaining licenses to cultivate 32,600 acres of hemp. The organizer of the Hemp Expo, Dave Crabill, said that, in 2019, the hemp program was more of a “Ready, Fire, Aim.” Crabill further said that they want this year's planting season to be prepared with the right hemp seed, equipment, and hemp nutrients…

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ThursdayJan 16, 2020 9:00 am

Upcoming Colorado Workshops to Help in Crafting Hemp Business Plans

The Small Business Development Center in East Colorado is providing hemp producers with a two-day training program that would help them develop a successful business plan for starting a hemp-related business. This comes after the center held a series of introductory hemp meetings across the state. The two-day event’s agenda is to teach producers about agronomics, labor requirements, risk management, budgeting, marketing, and business planning. The program coordinator Andrew Schroeder, who grew up in Arkansas Valley, said that they aim to provide the producers with knowledge and connections which will help them succeed in the venture. He further noted that…

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