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 …

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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Alabama Hemp Pilot Program Underway

Dan Alabama, Hemp

Back in April, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) announced they had licensed 152 growers, 59 processors, and 5 universities to grow, cultivate, process, and research industrial hemp. This effort came after a 2018 federal law legalized industrial hemp as an agricultural product. ADAI Deputy Commissioner Hassey Brooks, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman their pilot hemp program is …