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Merkley, Wyden greet key win for industrial hemp

Hemp Seeds for health

Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-ore., announced Friday that included in the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations committee bill is an amendment offered by Merkley to prevent the federal government from interfering with the implementation of state laws on the cultivation of industrial hemp. A total of 27 …

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CSU researching industrial hemp

CSU industrial hemp research

Colorado State University is one of few universities in the country that can legally grow and research hemp. Researchers at Colorado State University are studying which climates are best for growing hemp in Colorado, and are legitimizing the industry by partnering with the state. Even though nearly two-thirds of Colorado …

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USDA Organic – CBDRX in Colorado

CBD Hemp growing in greenhouse

CBDRx, the premier organic hemp company located in Colorado, is extremely pleased to announce that it has received USDA Organic Certification for its entire hemp crop. CBDRx is one of the first companies in the U.S. to have the processes, documentation, and transparency necessary to achieve this groundbreaking organic certification. …

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Update: Kentucky Hemp is Flourishing

Kentucky farmers need to grow hemp

After some issues at the start of the hemp plot programs in Kentucky, including a lengthy legal battle for their seeds, it seems the hemp crops have begun to flourish at a mind-blowing rate. The industrial hemp stalks have now grown from 6 feet to a whopping 16 feet in …

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Australia Leading the Industrial Hemp Race

Agriculture in Australia is booming

Hemp is a fast growing, water efficient crop, which can thrive in the worst soil and can be used for a bevy of products, including paper, food, and medicine. It was around thousands of years ago and it’s still being grown today, just not as much since being banned in …

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Industrial Hemp in Kentucky is Exceeding Expectations

The return of Kentucky hemp has started

It’s been over 50 years since Kentucky has legally grown industrial hemp. Now, it’s begun again, and the crop is growing quicker and more beautifully than anyone could have anticipated. After a quick battle with the DEA over confiscated hemp seeds, just six weeks since those hemp seeds were planted, …

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Nelson County Farmer Fights for Industrial Hemp

Historic picture of a farmer Cutting down a hemp field

A local farmer named Jerry Thornton of Nelson county Virginia believes he has a plan that will create tons of jobs in the area, save trees, and preserve precious farmland in the state. The idea is to begin growing industrial hemp that Thornton (founder of Commonwealth Hemp) believes can help …

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Lack of Seeds Leave Hemp Farmers Restless

Empty hemp field

Colorado hemp farmers were as eager as anyone to start planting industrial hemp on their test plots, but lack of available seeds has left two Montezuma County farmers stuck in a holding pattern. “We are having an impossible time getting seed,” said Merle Root of Pleasant View. Root and fellow …

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Oregon: Hemp in Oregon waiting on the rules

Oregon: Industrial hemp fields just waiting on the rules

Noelle Crombie – Oregon Department of Agriculture officials said Thursday the state will not have rules in place for a spring planting of an industrial hemp crop. Jim Cramer, the agency’s director of market access and certification, said the recent passage of the federal Farm Bill, which included an industrial …

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Nebraska: Bill to Allow Growing Industrial Hemp

Wild Nebraska industrial hemp - Photo byDiana Sunshine Wulf

Thirteen years ago, industrial hemp‘s resemblance to marijuana sank legislation to legalize growing of hemp in Nebraska. On Tuesday, a bill to allow production and marketing of industrial hemp sailed through first-round debate in the Nebraska Legislature. Legislative Bill 1001, introduced by State Sen. Norm Wallman of Cortland, advanced on …

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Legal Hemp Begins In Colorado

Hemp fiber can be made into a number of products. But growing it is illegal under federal law.

KRISTEN WYATT, AP – Hemp registration opened for farmers Saturday in Colorado, the first state to start regulating industrial hemp since the federal government allowed limited hemp regulation. A handful of Colorado farmers grew industrial hemp last year without interference from law enforcement or state agriculture officials. But the opening …

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Kentucky announces 5 hemp pilot projects

Kentucky hemp field

Kentucky’s first legal hemp production in at least 50 years will include five projects in conjunction with state universities to test whether the crop can help clean soil on former industrial sites, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said Monday. Each of the projects will be paid for through private contributions …

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Colorado: Inaugural NoCo Hemp Expo

Hemp after being cut down, part of the harvest

Colorado Hemp Co. will host the inaugural NoCo Hemp Expo on April 5 at Ricky B’s Sports Bar and Music Venue in Windsor. The daylong event will feature speakers addressing topics on industrial hemp farming, processing, seed acquisition, state and federal legislation, research and development, hemp as medicine, and hemp’s …

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Congress urged to end ban on growing hemp

Hemp fiber can be made into a number of products. But growing it is illegal under federal law.

Rob Hotakainen, thenewstribune.com – Authorities arrested David Bronner when he locked himself in a steel-bar cage in front of the White House last year and began using a hand-powered press to extract fresh oil from 12 large hemp plants, which he planned to put on French bread and serve to passers-by. …

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Colorado:Clarify laws on growing hemp

Green hemp stalk after a harvest

The Denver Post – Amendment 64, in addition to legalizing the use and sale of recreational marijuana, also authorized the growing of hemp — at least in theory. Grown widely by our ancestors in America, hemp has a remarkable number of uses. Its seeds and fibers can be used in cosmetics, …

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Oregon – Hemp backers want industrial crop by spring

Hemp after being cut down, part of the harvest

PORTLAND — Oregon farmers could put in a crop of industrial hemp next spring if a panel of experts can satisfy federal officials with a set of tightly drawn rules. The committee of agricultural experts and state policy officials has been selected by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and will …

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Tennessee considers legalizing hemp

Colorado Hemp being harvested

Tennessean.com – Manufacturers use hemp in plastics, insulation and even a little paper. Health food lovers eat hemp seeds by the handful for the protein and omega-3 fats. Hemp clothes, shoes and handbags sell for top dollar, prized for durability. But while hemp fields abound in Canada and Europe, only …

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Colorado – State unveils regulations for hemp farming

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Hemp farmers in Colorado could be asked to pay annual fees of at least $200 and submit to inspections to make sure they’re growing industrial hemp and not marijuana, according to regulations proposed by Colorado agriculture officials. The proposed rules, announced Wednesday, will be submitted next week for approval by …

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Steve Beshear Asks Obama For Help With Hemp

Obama and Beshear - Can they agree on hemp?

In a shift toward embracing a potential new agricultural industry, Gov. Steve Beshear has written to President Barack Obama asking for help with hemp. “While experience in Canada tells us that the economic opportunities in the hemp industry are still largely unknown, we want to explore any and all opportunities …

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