Georgia Hemp Production on Hold

Taylor Hillman Georgia, Hemp

By Clint Thompson Georgia farmers looking to grow hemp can’t do so without the state legislature first authorizing $800,000 to the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) to oversee hemp production. In response to a hemp production plan submitted by the GDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) required that the Georgia Legislature appropriated funds for oversight, according to the University …


Georgia Submits Revised Industrial Hemp Plan and Rules

Dan Georgia, Hemp, Industry News Release

In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) promulgation of the interim final rule governing the production of hemp under the 2018 farm bill on Oct. 31, 2019, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) has submitted an updated “Georgia Hemp Plan” to comply with USDA’s requirements. View the plan here. Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, O.C.G.A. …


New Hemp Rules in Effect

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

(FDACS) — On Jan. 1, food safety and animal feed rules for the new state hemp program under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) went into effect. Regulations on hemp extract used in food and dairy products and animal feed have been incorporated into existing FDACS programs, hemp food establishment permits are available, and the department’s food safety inspectors are ready to conduct inspections. “We’re proud …

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USDA Announces Pilot Insurance Coverage for Hemp Growers

Dan Hemp, Industry News Release

(USDA/RMA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a new crop insurance option for hemp growers in select counties of 21 states in 2020.  The pilot insurance program will provide Actual Production History (APH) coverage under 508(h) Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) for eligible producers in certain counties in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, …


Farmers Launch U.S. Hemp Growers Association

Dan Hemp, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

(NAFB) — The formation of the new U.S. Hemp Growers Association was announced in Indianapolis. The brand-new association will focus on things like educational efforts and market development resources, research, and networking opportunities. A USHGA release says the organization will provide a unified voice for farmers to actively engage in critically important advocacy efforts. More than 300 members of the …

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How Farm Credit Associations Treat Hemp Farm Loans

Dan Economy, Hemp

In late October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they were establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, which basically creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the U.S. So with efforts underway to get this established, some wonder how farm credit associations will treat farm loans for hemp. Chairman/CEO of the Farm Credit Administration, Glen Smith, recently told …

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Northey on Domestic Hemp Production Program

Dan Hemp

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, which creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey has more details about the new program. An interim final rule formalizing the program has been published in the Federal Register, and …

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Georgia Composing Plan to Comply with Federal and State Hemp Guidelines

Dan Georgia, Hemp

Last week, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. Published in the Federal Register, it outlines the regulatory framework for the cultivation of industrial hemp in accordance with the 2018 farm bill. The rule includes provisions for the USDA to approve hemp production plans developed by states. The Georgia Department of Agriculture …

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Florida Industrial Hemp Conference Underway

Dan Florida, Hemp

The inaugural Florida Industrial Hemp Conference is taking place in Orlando. The event was put together to foster the development of an industrial hemp industry in the state. Topics at the conference include the latest information on state and federal legislation, growing and cultivation, research, banking and more. Gene Jones, co-founder of the conference, says the program also will cover the …