Hemp Politics – Wisconsin’s hemp program is here to stay

In the U.S, Hemp Politics have made more progress as Wisconsin’s hemp program is set in stone. The hemp trials in 2018 received much interest and bipartisan support.

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Last year, Wisconsin started a hemp pilot program with 250 licenses. This number grew by almost a thousand with over 1200 hemp growers and more than 500 hemp processors in 2019.

With this clear growth of Wisconsin’s hemp industry, Gov. Evers was pleased to give the industry its final push by signing into law, a bill to make hemp a permanent part of the state’s agricultural sector.

The growing popularity of hemp in Wisconsin and all across the U.S., is ensuring hemp’s revival as an opportunistic and profitable crop.

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Hemp Politics – Federal THC limit makes hemp a high risk crop

Even though the 2018 Farm Bill legalised hemp, making it a regular agricultural commodity, Hemp Politics continue in the U.S. Last month, the USDA released information regarding temporary federal hemp regulations.

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The new rules stipulate that any hemp being grown must be tested for its THC levels. The allowed limit is 0.3 percent and anything over that will be deemed marijuana and, therefore, must be destroyed.

This low percentage can be a challenging target for farmers, making it a high risk crop. Wisconsin hemp farmers Sarah Kelley and Jamie Degenhardt had a crop that tested 0.4 percent THC, resulting in a significant financial loss.

Some suggest that 1 percent would be a more realistic THC limit.

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Hemp in the News – New hemp database provides insight into industry

Farm Journal, a U.S. farm magazine, brings Hemp in the News with its database tracking the hemp industry. It’s the first of its kind, and provides insight and practical information about the budding new industry.

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The database includes detailed information about hemp farmers, processors, transporters and other key players in the industry. The information provides a precise outlook on upcoming agricultural trends and prospects. This can benefit government agencies, agricultural businesses, investors and suppliers.

A key focus of Farm Journal is to support farmers and ranchers by providing insight into new agricultural opportunities.

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Hemp in the News – Growing number of U.S. hemp farmers affecting market price

The expanding hemp industry in the U.S. has Hemp in the News this week. As the number of hemp farmers grows, the profitability is dropping.

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Hemp has the potential to be a very fruitful crop, if all goes as planned. In 2018, one acre of hemp was worth $70,000. This year, however, farmers have been battling mold and other issues, and with so many more farmers there is a shortage of drying and processing facilities. To add to that, the increase in product has resulted in a drop in price to less than $30,000 an acre.

The “gold rush” of hemp is changing quickly. Many people jumped in to the hemp farming industry without doing their homework, and now the market is flooding.

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Hemp Politics – Virginia sets the stage for hemp industry success

Hemp Politics in Virginia are focusing on the future. Gov. Ralph Northam, together with the General Assembly, legalized the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp.

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Appalachian Biomass Processing is investing almost $900,000 into Virginia’s hemp industry. This will bring new jobs to the state and open up hemp-growing opportunities for farmers. The company has promised to buy a minimum 6,000 tons of hemp from Virginia farmers over the next three years. This amounts to an investment of over $1 million.

Northam says he is totally focused on all possible avenues to ensuring the future health of Virginia’s economy. He sees hemp as a golden opportunity for job creation and commercial growth.

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Hemp Politics – Michigan farmers cash in on hemp legalization

With the 2018 Farm Bill in the U.S., Hemp Politics have taking a positive turn. A Michigan farmer aims to cash in.

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Hemp has many uses besides CBD, and one particular Michigan farmer recognized its potential. David Connor, of Paw Paw Hemp Company, and his business partner Joe Leduc of Leduc Blueberries, grew hemp for the first time this year. Being a blueberry farmer, Leduc appreciated the fast growing cycle of hemp, rather than having to wait up to five years for blueberry plants to produce.

Although hemp production for CBD is trending right now, Connor is looking to grow hemp for industrial purposes. He believes that the future of hemp will offer many industrial uses that will impact peoples everyday lives.

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Hemp in the News – Canadian hemp processor could be a game changer for Pennsylvania hemp harvest

The arrival of the first ‘HempTrain’ in the U.S. has Hemp in the News this week. The HempTrain is a hemp processor from Canada that can process massive amounts of hemp at once.

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The owner of this new piece of equipment is Groff North America of York County. The processor weighs 32,000 pounds, occupies 20 by 50 feet, and takes at least two weeks to install. It has the ability to process almost 2,000 pounds of hemp an hour.

Groff North America owner, Steve Groff, is excited about hemp’s potential and its sustainability. There are thousands of uses of hemp, from textiles  and bioplastics to building materials and beauty products. The beauty of the HempTrain, is that it processes the whole plant, so nothing is wasted.

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Hemp Politics – The ups and downs of New Mexico’s first hemp crop

Since the 2018 changes to U.S. Hemp Politics, thousands of acres of hemp have been grown across the country. New Mexico’s first harvest is in full swing.

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Growing hemp in the state of New Mexico has had its challenges, but there is much hope and enthusiasm about the new crop. Four hundred hemp-growing licenses were issued in the state, amounting to 7,000 acres of outdoor hemp and 170 acres of greenhouse-grown hemp.

The interest in hemp-farming was greater than expected in New Mexico, but this first growing season has had its ups and downs. The unusually hot summer prompted early blooms, and the prevalent winds were troublesome, but there is still optimism for this fruitful new crop.

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Hemp in the News – The endless benefits of a rebounding crop

With the endless benefits of the rebounding crop, it’s no wonder we continue to find Hemp in the News. From soil preservation to an economic saviour, hemp has much to offer.

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Changes in federal and state laws have lifted restrictions on hemp cultivation. Trying times for farmers can now be alleviated. This new cash crop is giving new life to their livelihood and the health of their farms.

Hemp helps replenish damaged soil. With the speed and density of it’s growth, hemp has less need for herbicides and pesticides, and uses much less water than other crops. This not only helps the soil, but the environment as a whole.

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Hemp in the News – Hemp is the eco-friendly solution for the fashion industry

The consumer demand for eco-friendly fashion alternatives has Hemp in the News this week. The fashion industry is looking to hemp for sustainable fabrics.

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Consumers are increasingly seeking apparel that is sustainable, and progressive designers are turning to hemp for the answers.

Wearing hemp could conjure up images of old sacks and stiff, uncomfortable clothing, but this is a  misconception. Hemp fabric is produced from fibres of the stalk, then spun into threads and woven into fabric.

Cotton has monopolized the fashion world for decades, but it is hard on the environment. Hemp, on the other hand, is a biodegradable fibre and uses a fraction of the water that is used to grow cotton. It also revitalises the soil, and is substantially more eco-friendly than cotton.

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