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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), …

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‘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 …

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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 …

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New Hemp Industry Buoyed by CBD Demand

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) — Hemp has been hyped as a lifesaver for Florida farmers, touted as a versatile crop that can be used to build houses, feed livestock and create clothing. But it’s the plant’s healing qualities that have sparked a second cannabis “green rush,” as the state’s hemp program gets off the ground. The nationwide craze for products containing CBD …

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Commissioner Nikki Fried Announces Members of New Hemp Advisory Committee

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

Tallahassee, Fla. (FDACS) — Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced the members of her new Hemp Advisory Committee, which will help guide the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ hemp rulemaking process and the state’s emerging hemp industry development. Commissioner Fried is committed to Florida becoming a national leader on industrial hemp production. The appointment of committee members comes after the …

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Georgia Hemp Production Update

Dan Georgia, Hemp

We are hearing more and more about hemp production and what is taking place in various states. In Georgia, the “Hemp Farming Act” requires the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) to promulgate rules regulating hemp growers and processors in the state and submit its plan to USDA for approval. According to the GDA, they are currently in the process of …

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Florida Governor Signs Hemp Bill

Dan Florida, Hemp, Legislative

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been busy signing various bills the past few days, one of those being SB 1020. This bill creates the state hemp program that will be administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The program will regulate cultivation of hemp, addressing issues such as the licensing of growers. According to the News Service …

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Commissioner Nikki Fried on Florida Hemp Bill Signed Into Law

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

Tallahassee, Fla. (FDACS) – SB 1020, the state hemp legislation was signed into law. Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried offered the following statement: “Tonight’s hemp bill signing marks a transformation in Florida, and a critical step on the journey to creating a green industrial revolution, strengthening agriculture with an alternative crop of the future, and expanding access to safe, quality CBD …

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Final Hemp Rulemaking Workshop Held in North Florida

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

Tallahassee, Fla. (FDACS) – Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried joined key Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services officials to host the third public hemp rulemaking workshop at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee. Today’s workshop was the third and final in a series of three events which took place in South, Central, and North Florida designed to ensure anyone interested in …