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By Zaz Hollander

Alaska is on the brink of a hemp-growing industry. But first, the state gets to pick the players.

BUTTE — Alaska's future hemp industry barely drew interest from a few dozen people when a bill making it legal surfaced last year. But since Gov. Bill Walker signed that bill into law last month, the state official charged with rolling out...


By Gillian Flaccus

Marijuana Growers Turning to Hemp as CBD Extract Explodes

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A glut of legal marijuana is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet — one that doesn't come with a...


By Jonathan Greene

Ready to switch to hemp? Farmers plan to grow fewest burley tobacco acres on record

Kentucky farmers plan to grow the lowest amount of burley tobacco on record this year, according to a new report. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released its “Prospective Plantings” report showing burley tobacco growers...


By Amy Bickel

Farmers want to see a pardon on hemp

On a recent spring evening, Joe Swanson stood in his field of winter wheat, envisioning a different scene across the Kansas landscape. A green plant with five-pointed leaves, and acres of it. “I’m fired up about hemp,” the 72-year-old...


By William Petroski

Iowa Senate OKs bill opening door to hemp production, marketing

The production and marketing of industrial hemp would be authorized in Iowa in compliance with federal law under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the Iowa Senate. The Senate approved Senate File 2398, titled the "Iowa Industrial Hemp Act," on a 49-0...


By Michael Dresser

Industrial hemp advocates hope this is their year in Annapolis

The industrial hemp plant has a lot of boosters. They praise it for its hardiness and versatility. They say its oils yield food and medicine, its fibers produce clothing and plastic-like auto parts. They contend that when planted strategically,...


Rep. Comer Introduces Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017

On Friday Rep. James Comer (R-KY) introduced H.R. 3530, a new version of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act along with 15 cosponsors. The bill gained support from Judiciary Chair Goodlatte (R-VA) and has several new provisions. We are excited about the...


Securing water rights for Montana hemp farmer Kim Phillips

In June of 2017 Vote Hemp was contacted by Kim Phillips, a family farmer from Montana who had received a state license to grow hemp. She planted the seed and after hemp plants initially sprouted, she didn’t receive any...


State sides with Helena hemp farmer who was denied federal water

The Montana Department of Agriculture on Monday refuted a federal decision to deny irrigation water to a Helena Valley hemp farmer, department officials said. Kim Phillips, the hemp farmer, is in full compliance with state and federal regulations on...


By Gregory S. Schneider

Virginia’s first hemp crop in decades could signal new opportunity

RICHMOND — Marty Phipps started a business this year selling an innovative type of bedding for horses and small animals — a shredded substance that absorbs liquids, resists microbes and cuts down on smell. But because the product is...