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2020 Alabama Hemp Program Update

Dan Alabama, Hemp, Industry News Release

MONTGOMERY, AL (ADAI-September 17, 2019) – The Alabama Hemp program launched in the beginning of 2019, after the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (i.e. Farm Bill) declassified hemp as a schedule 1 drug and deemed hemp as an agriculture commodity.  This legislation defines hemp as all parts of the plant containing less than 0.3% THC, including derivatives, extracts, and cannabinoids. …


Florida Eyes Washington on Hemp Rules

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release, Legislative

TALLAHASSEE, FL (NSF-September 17, 2019) — Florida farmers might not be held back from planting hemp next year even if the federal government has not signed off on long-awaited rule changes. Holly Bell, Florida’s director of cannabis, told the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday that, if all goes well, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ permitting for hemp …

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Hemp Production and Processing Rules Expected in September

Dan Hemp, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — The USDA is expected to issue new rules for growing and testing hemp sometime next month. Capital Press reports that has farmers feeling anxious about establishing consistent standards for producing the booming crop. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon tells the Capital Press that he expects the USDA to issue those regulations sometimes within the next two to four …


Hemp Crop Insurance Coverage Available for 2020

Dan Hemp, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

(NAFB) — Certain industrial hemp growers will be able to obtain insurance coverage under the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program for crop year 2020. The Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency Tuesday announced coverage for hemp grown for fiber, flower or seeds. The coverage will be available to producers who are in areas covered by USDA-approved hemp plans or who are …


Hemp Industry Association of Florida Begins Statewide Road Tour

Dan Florida, Hemp

Times are very busy in hemp industry circles these days, particularly in Florida where companies and investor groups are positioning themselves for what many see as a viable new agricultural crop alternative for Florida farmers. We finally caught up with a very busy David Hasenauer in recent days. Hasenauer is president of the new Hemp Industries Association of Florida (HIAF), …


Schumer-Backed Funding to Create Hemp Seed Bank

Dan Hemp, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

(NAFB) — Funding supported by New York Senator Chuck Schumer will help Cornell University create the first hemp seed bank in the United States. Schumer says work will soon begin at the nation’s only Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository located at Cornell University. The program will be rebuilt with an initial $500,000 investment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research …


‘Florida Farmers Are Going to Be the Best Hemp Growers in the Country’

Dan Hemp, Specialty Crops

“Florida farmers will eventually overtake the rest of the country” in hemp production, predicts Holly Bell, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) director of cannabis. In an interview with Citrus Industry Editor Tacy Callies, Bell summarizes her talk at the general session of Citrus Expo. Bell says “Florida farmers are going to be the best hemp growers in …


Lots of Questions Concerning Hemp Crops

Dan Hemp

During a recent Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, lawmakers heard the needs of what a U.S. hemp program should address. Kentucky Farmer Brian Furnish told the committee hemp farmers struggle to plant a crop that can emerge, as hemp seed needs very specific conditions for germination and initial growth. He also said weeds are hard to control in hemp because there …