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What’s in the CARES Act relief bill for hemp businesses?

Last Friday President Trump signed the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion dollar stimulus and disaster relief package, that makes available funding to help deal with the unprecedented economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 virus. The bill includes a number...


Who is in charge of hemp policy in the Trump administration?

IN THIS ISSUE Testimony of USDA Secretary begs the question, who is in charge of hemp policy? Vote Hemp releases 2020 California Hemp Report USDA approves crop insurance, deadline to apply is March 16 NASDA adopts new hemp policies...


Key states announce plans to continue with 2014 Farm Bill hemp program

Washington, DC – So far ten states have decided that it is preferable to operate 2014 Farm Bill hemp pilot programs including market leaders Colorado and Kentucky. After reviewing the USDA Interim Final Rule (IFR), agriculture departments from Arkansas,...


Does the SBA provide grants, loans or assistance to hemp businesses?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued updated guidance regarding hemp and marijuana related businesses in August of 2019.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces the Hemp For Victory Act providing support for the growing hemp industry

Rep. Gabbard (D-HI) introduced H.R. 3652, the Hemp For Victory Act which lays the foundation for the emerging hemp industry in a manner that incentivizes family farmers and small businesses, protects against corporate monopolies, and studies the benefits of...


USDA will host a Hemp Listening Session on March 13th at 12 pm EST

On Wednesday March 13th at 12 pm EST, the USDA will host a hemp listening session to receive feedback from stakeholders regarding regulation of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill. Vote Hemp president Eric Steenstra will be presenting comments...


Hemp in the Farm Bill, what does it mean?

When Congress passed the Farm Bill of 2014, it included Sec. 7606 authorizing state regulated research pilot programs with hemp. That program has been a huge success growing to include over 3,500 licensed participants who planted more than 77,000...


Vote Hemp Newsletter

Last week voters went to the polls in record numbers and they decided to make a course correction. Republican’s held onto their majority in the Senate but Democrats gained the majority in the House for the 116th Congress which...


Vote Hemp Newsletter

WHY IS CBD EVERYWHERE? The New York Times asked a provocative question in the latest issue of their Sunday Magazine: Why is CBD everywhere? The answer from our perspective: Because it works! The highlighting of CBD products by the...


Vote Hemp Newsletter

CALIFORNIA GOV. BROWN SIGNS SB 1409 INTO LAW PAVING THE WAY FOR HEMP FARMING We are celebrating the passage of SB 1409 in California, which fully legalizes hemp farming in the state. A major victory for the hemp industry,...