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Hemp checkoff program established in Montana

Montana will become the first state to establish a checkoff program for hemp. The establishment of a hemp checkoff was completely producer-driven and aims to use 1 percent of commodity revenue to help Montana hemp production remain “cutting edge.”...


Pennsylvania prepares for subdued second year of hemp growing

Pennsylvania farmers have lowered their expectations as they prepare for a second year of growing hemp. “Everybody went into this thinking they were going to make a million dollars, and that crashed real quick,” said Lee Ralph, who lives...


Enthusiasm leads to oversupply of hemp in Colorado

High prices, enthusiastic support from local government and business groups, and looser regulations in the wake of the 2018 Farm Bill passage led to the planting of tens of thousands of new acres of hemp over the last few...


Pittsburg commission considers backing hemp processing business

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Industrial hemp has seen rapid growth in Kansas since becoming legal in recent years, but could soon be given an even greater boost in the southeast corner of the state. The Pittsburg City Commission weighed the...


Vote Hemp celebrates 20 years of hemp advocacy

Twenty years ago this week a group of hemp industry advocates came together to launch Vote Hemp with the goal of bringing back hemp as a commercial crop for American farmers. For many years Vote Hemp was the only...


Virginia Governor signs bill defining industrial hemp extract as food

On April 6, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill that defines “industrial hemp extract” as a food. Senate Bill 918, which was introduced by David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax), establishes (i) requirements for the production of an industrial hemp extract...


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,...


Michigan farmers are taking advantage of the hemp industry

(WXYZ) — Michigan farmers are calling it the next big thing in farming and for the state. Hemp farming is taking off to new limits with endless possibilities and growth. It's a new adventure for Michigan farmers looking to...


By Mark Niesse

First legal Georgia hemp fields show crop’s promise

This is where Georgia’s future hemp crop begins: in a pungent field at the University of Georgia, where several dozen cannabis plants are nearly ready for harvest. The plants are lined in rows on one-third of an acre, sprouting...


Inside the ‘wild wild west’ of Indiana’s first major hemp harvest

Assembled from parts scrounged from around Mark Boyer's farm outside Kokomo, the contraption was held together by tape, a set-up a fellow farmer said was “rigged for disaster.” The bed of a truck rose, slowly spilling grain into an auger that shoveled...