NASDA Farm Tour of the University of Kentucky hemp fields

March 6, 2020
As Learnings On Hemp Grow, State Ag Officials Adapt Policies

At the 2020 Winter Policy Conference of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), policy items addressing some of the implementation challenges that states have with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Interim Final Rule (IFR) were passed. Two separate policy items were passed by NASDA members including:... more »

March 5, 2020
Green Point Research Names Chief Science Officer

Green Point Research (GPR), an international phytocannabinoid-rich biomass originator and processor, has named Matthew "Matt" Turner as chief science officer (CSO). "Matthew joins us at a vital time as we focus on expanding sales of our premium quality seeds, clones, and genetics to meet the growing demand of farmers looking... more »

March 3, 2020
Minnesota Hemp Applications Due March 31

Those wanting to grow or process hemp in Minnesota in 2020 must apply for a license with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) by March 31. This is the fifth year of the state’s Industrial Hemp Program. Last year, 550 people held licenses to grow or process hemp. Over 7,300... more »

March 3, 2020
Considerations For Potential Hemp Producers

As much uncertainty continues to swirl around the hemp industry, University of Kentucky agricultural economists remind producers to consider their personal risk tolerance, business contracts and all possible production scenarios before committing to grow hemp. “This is still a developing industry that has long-term viability but is going through significant... more »

March 3, 2020
Ohio Now Accepting Hemp Cultivator, Processor Applications

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting applications through it’s Hemp Licensing Portal. The application window for cultivators has been extended to May 1 to accommodate first-year licensing. ODA will process applications in the order that they are received. ODA is not able to expedite review of applications.... more »

February 28, 2020
Nebraska Addresses Hemp Application Delays

Hemp program applications have been coming into the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) since they became available on Feb. 3. Delays in the application process have been caused by the FBI Identity History Summary Checks and inaccurate mapping of sites and location IDs, NDA reports. The agency issued the following... more »

February 28, 2020
Linked Equipment, Capna Partner For Mobile Extraction Lab

Linked Equipment and Capna Systems have jointly designed a fully turn-key and completely modular extraction lab designed to process hemp. One of the fastest-growing segments of the legal cannabis industry, hemp processing and extraction have traditionally proven time- and cost-prohibitive. Mobile hemp extraction labs by Linked Equipment and Capna Systems... more »

February 28, 2020
New Options Provided For Labs, Disposal Of Non-Compliant Hemp Plants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will delay the enforcement of certain requirements under the interim final rule (IFR) establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. Under the new guidance, USDA will delay enforcement of the requirement for labs to be registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the... more »

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