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By Doug Fine

Fine In The Field – July 2020

We’re All Soil Farmers Now: Actively Mitigating Climate Change With Hemp As we dance toward triple digits again here in New Mexico today, I’m just in from the hemp field for breakfast, sipping my hemp/ginger shake and watching the...


Erik Rothenberg Rest in Peace

Our friend and larger than life hemp hero Erik Rothenberg departed this world last Thursday, surrounded by love, family and friends. Erik is who first turned me on to and sold us our first hemp oil. He was a...


By Doug Fine

Fine In the Field – June 2020

The first sprouts — keikis, as folks call babies of all species in Hawaii — have joined the multi-species clan here the Funky Butte Ranch. Accordingly, I have heaved that sigh that all farmers have when they’ve taken the...


Fine In the Field – May 2020

The main reason I’m out in the field, one of the one percent of Americans who are farmers these days? Hemp is a superfood, and I like the feeling of the humans and goats I care about most having...


New Senate aid bill approves farmers for Economic Injury Disaster Loans

On Tuesday April 21st, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill worth some $480 billion that would replenish funds for emergency small business lending programs among other things. The good news is that thanks to our collective advocacy efforts, this...


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...